MADRAS, OR -- On Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at approximately 1:34 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 100 (SW Bear Drive) south of Madras.
Preliminary investigation revealed a line of traffic was stopped northbound waiting for a vehicle making a left hand turn onto SW Bear Drive. A northbound Volvo semi-truck and trailer, operated by Inderjit Sign (57) of Yuba City, CA. struck the back of a stopped Toyota Rav 4, operated by Rebecca Martinez (36) of West Linn. The semi-truck then crossed into the oncoming lane impacting a southbound BMW operated by Renee Connors (39) of Ridgefield WA. The semi-truck then collided with a southbound Volvo operated by Nadia Rankov Adams (52) of Redmond OR. Rankov Adams sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Several other operators and their passengers were transported to area hospitals with various injuries. OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Fire & Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT.