Local law enforcement responds to three early morning vehicle wrecks
On Wednesday Feb. 26, at approximately 4 a.m., deputies from the Crook County Sheriffs Office responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Highway 126 and Southwest Powell Butte Hwy. Initial 9-1-1 reports indicated that two vehicles were involved and off the roadway.
Upon the arrival of responding deputies, it was discovered that one vehicle was involved in the crash. The driver, 18-year-old Stetson Hall of Prineville was westbound on Highway 126 near Powell Butte Highway when he lost control of his 2000 Honda Odessy van, colliding with a barbed wire fence and telephone pole. Hall was not injured in the crash. Icy road conditions were contributing factors in the crash. Star Towing LLC was responsible for the towing of the vehicle.
Shortly after, at approximately 4:40 a.m., another motor vehicle crash occurred approximately a half mile west on Hwy 126 near Southwest Remington Ranch Road.
Initial 9-1-1 reports indicated that two vehicles collided head on with one occupant pinned in the vehicle. Upon the arrival of responding deputies, it was discovered that two vehicles were involved in the crash, but no one was pinned.
During the crash investigation, it was found that 24-year-old Shane Manary of Redmond was east bound on Highway 126, operating a 1996 Honda Civic. Manary lost control of his Honda and crossed into the west bound lane, colliding head on with a 2001 GMC truck that was being operated by 59-year-old Gary Mansfield of Prineville.
Manary was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond as a result of his injuries. Icy road conditions were contributing factors in this crash as well. Minor delays occurred while vehicles and debris were removed.
At approximately 5:54 a.m., deputies responded to a third motor vehicle crash on Highway 126 near Southwest Minson Road involving one vehicle. James Hight, 68 of Aumsville, Ore., was westbound on Highway 126 when he lost control of his 1998 Ford Ranger on the icy roads and rolled down the embankment.
Hight was trapped in the Ford Ranger and had to be extricated from the truck by Crook County Fire and Rescue. Hight was transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital due to his injuries. Icy road conditions were contributing factors in the crash. Highway 126 was reduced to one lane while first responders were on scene.
The Crook County Sheriffs Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Star Towing LLC, and Active Towing.
The Crook County Sheriffs Office would like to remind drivers to slow down during icy road conditions and allow yourself more time to get to your destination.