One Madras man was killed, and another critically injured, Thursday afternoon following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 about 18 miles northwest of Madras. Highway 26 was closed until 8:15 p.m.
On July 27, at approximately 3:31 p.m., a 1999 Honda two-door with two occupants was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 101 rounding a left curve when it slid broadside into the westbound lane. The passenger side of the Honda was struck by the front of a westbound 1989 Plymouth Voyager van.
The passenger in the Honda, identified as Gerardo Octavio Robles Arreola, 20, from Madras, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Honda's driver, tentatively identified as Rodrigo Reynoso, 24, from Madras, was critically injured and transported by LifeFlight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Both were using safety restraints.
The two occupants of the Plymouth van were using safety restraints and receinved nonlife-threatening injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Mt. View Hospital in Madras.
The van driver was identified as Thomas Phinney, 67, from Portland, and the passenger was Patricia Barnes, 65, from Troutdale.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Bend Area Command office are conducting the investigation. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as a possible contributing factors in this crash.
Assistance at the scene is provided by Warm Springs Police Department, Warm Springs Fire Department, FBI, and ODOT. A detour has been established through Kah-Nee-Ta while the highway was closed.