CULVER, OR -- Five people were injured in a head on collision near Culver, Saturday evening. The crash occurred at about 5 p.m. on Highway 97, near Iris Lane.
Four people had to be pulled out of one car; two were flown to St. Charles Bend, another was taken by ground ambulance to Bend and the fourth went by ambulance to the Redmond hospital. The only person in the second car was taken to the hospital in Madras.
The highway was blocked for more than an hour as emergency crews worked to clear wreckage from the southbound lane and shoulder. State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
UPDATE: Oregon State Police say the 35-year-old Madras woman driving the second car was northbound when, she told investigators, she swerved into the northbound shoulder to miss an animal and lost control. OSP does not believe she was intoxicated or otherwise impaired.
All four people taken to Bend and Redmond hospitals have undergone surgery. They are all from the Portland area and are expected to recover.