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BEND, OR -- A La Pine man was killed in an icy crash, south of Bend, Friday afternoon. State Police believe 56-year-old Kevin Werts was southbound on Highway 97, when he lost control and slid into oncoming traffic, colliding with a car driven by a Bend woman.

 

The highway was covered with packed snow and ice, at the time. Werts was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 70-year-old Susan Pitarro, and her passenger, 63-year-old Terry Thopson, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

 

Highway 97 was shutdown for several hours, nine miles north of La Pine, to allow crews to investigate and clean-up the scene. 

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  • Powers Road between SW Elkhorn Street and Porcupine Drive for paving, road closure with local access only, 9/16/19 - 9/17/19.
  • Rockbluff Lane between SW Elkhorn Street and SW Cliffrose Drive for paving, road closure with local access only, 9/16/19 - 9/17/19.
  • Cooley Road between Highway 97 and Hunters Circle for railroad crossing repairs, road closure with detour, 9/16/19 - 9/17/19.
  • NE 3rd Street between NE Greenwood Avenue and NE Franklin Avenue for Citywide Pedestrian Safety Improvements, periodic lane closures with local access, 9/16/19 - 10/25/19, night work from 10 p.m. - 10 a.m.
  • NE Revere Avenue between Division Street and NE Lytle Street for railroad crossing repairs, road closure with detours, 9/18/19 - 9/20/19.

 

 

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