BEND, OR -- Tuesday was busy for emergency crews, as crashes tied up traffic across Central Oregon.
Just before noon, Highway 97 was forced to close for a short time, between Bend and Redmond, after a flatbed tow truck carrying a car caught fire (right). Bend Fire investigators say the cause of the fire appears to have been a mechanical or electrical failure in the truck's engine compartment. The fire was accelerated by the ruptured fuel line on the car it was carrying.
At the same time, a two-vehicle crash on the Culver Highway (top, below) sent two people to the hospital.
In Bend, Police say a 35-year-old man went to the hospital after he ran a red light at 27th and Micks Drive and collided with another vehicle. He was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown into the passenger seat of his car, during the crash. Grant Younce was issued a citation. The other driver, a 71-year-old Bend woman was not hurt.
And, Tuesday evening, a Terrebonne teen crashed through a fence off Northwest 19th. The Sheriff's office says she was driving under the influence of alcohol. That crash sent her and her 10-year-old passenger to the hospital.