LA PINE, OR -- A Lake Oswego man was killed in an accident on Highway 97 near La Pine, Monday morning. 67-year old Russell Gardner died after he lost control while traveling southbound on Highway 97. Investigators say slick conditions likely caused him to slide into the northbound lane hitting a Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on. Gardner was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Jeep, 26-year old Cassy Grant of Bend was taken to St. Charles Medical Center with minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. OSP says the highway was covered with packed snow and ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick.