CULVER, OR -- Two people were injured in an early morning crash on Highway 97, between Madras and Terrebonne. Investigators say the driver of a Toyota Prius was eastbound on Iris Lane and failed to obey a stop sign at Highway 97. The vehicle hit a tractor trailer at about 3:30 Tuesday morning.
The truck driver, 72-year-old Warren Ramey of Powell Butte, told
police the Prius was traveling at highway speeds when it ran the stop sign. He said he was unable to avoid the collision.
Oregon State Police say the car rolled several times and into a field. The driver, a 16-year-old Culver girl, was taken to St. Charles Redmond with non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, an 18-year-old Metolius man, was flown to St. Charles Bend with life threatening injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but investigators say alcohol could be the primary contributing factor. Officers cited the 16-year-old driver for Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving and Assault in the Second Degree.