REDMOND, OR -- A serious two-car crash on Highway 97 south of Redmond caused huge backups during rush hour Wednesday afternoon. The high-speed rear end collision happened just before 4:00 p.m. near the highway's intersection with 61st and Gift Road.
Oregon State Police continues to investigate. Preliminary information shows Keneth Kayija of Bend lost control of his Isuzu Rodeo as he drove southbound during a hailstorm. He spun around, crashing into a northbound Ford Explorer driven by a Redmond man. Kayija and a passenger in the Explorer were both taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.
Highway 97 was closed for more than an hour while emergency crews were on scene.