sp; July 9, 2003 — Three individuals died early Sunday when their vehicle struck a semi hauling a caterpillar to the front lines of the Link Fire.
Driver Glen Howard, 41, and passengers Kathy Rose Stout, 45, and Bernadine Arlene Mattson, 45, were killed when their 1983 Chevrolet Cavalier collided with the right rear portion of a semi truck.
Oregon State Police used fingerprints to identify the victims, who were not carrying identification at the time of their deaths. Stout was identified as a Bend resident, while Mattson and Howard lived in the Bend-La Pine area, officers said.
Richard Caudle, 59, of Prineville, was traveling west on Highway 20 in a semi truck owned by Owens Freight Lines when he turned left onto a Forest Service road. He had left highway when the eastbound vehicle collided with his semi trailer.
The accident was located on a portion of Highway 20 that cuts through the southwest corner of Jefferson County between Suttle Lake and Camp Sherman, three miles west of the Camp Sherman turnoff.
An Oregon State Police crash re-constructionist responded to the scene, as did sheriff's deputies from Jefferson and Deschutes and counties, the Black Butte Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation officials and emergency responders from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation.
Caudle was not injured in the accident.