> An Arizona woman was being treated at Oregon Health Sciences University following a serious accident July 14, on U.S. Highway 97, near Highland Lane, eight miles south of Madras.
The Oregon State Police report said Brenda Arpin, 57, of Mesa, Ariz., the driver of a 1993 GMC Jimmy, was traveling north on Highway 97 when, for unknown reasons, her vehicle drifted into the southbound lane, striking a 1992 GMC tow truck, which was towing another vehicle.
Arpin was taken to St. Charles Medical Center, and later transferred to OHSU in Portland with critical injuries. Her two passengers, Christopher Newman, 25, and Cherrone Newman, 24, also from Mesa, Ariz., were treated and released from Mountain View Hospital in Madras.
The driver of the tow truck, Dave Spear, 60, from Beaver Creek, was not injured. The occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts.
Highway 97 was closed for approximately two hours, with traffic rerouted onto State Route 361. The crash is being investigated, but alcohol, drugs or speed do not appear to be a factor.
The Oregon Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Madras Police and Culver Police assisted at the scene.