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Updating you on the Wednesday late afternoon six car crash on Highway 97 near Yew Avenue in Redmond. According to the Oregon State Police report: Janet Churches, 50, from Redmond was driving southbound on the Highway when, while attempting to change lane, collided with an SUV driven by Stephen Coleman, 49, also from Redmond. Churches lost control of her vehicle and spun into the northbound lanes, where she collided with a car driven by Judy Stoltz, 57, of Redmond.  Then, Terri Brinkley, 34, of Prineville crashed into Churches’ car. Shawn Palmer, 32, of Redmond crashed into the rear of Brinkley's car, and continued on to also crash into a car driven by Elevina Palm, 20, of Portland. Janet Churches was pronounced dead at the scene; Judy Stoltz, Terri Brinkley and Shawn Palmer were all taken to St. Charles Bend with various injuries. Elevine Palm and Stephen Coleman were not injured. The investigation into the crash will continue.

 

 

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