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Crash causes critical injuries

Passenger car, commercial truck

by: Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police - The driver of a Subaru wagon, which collided with the side of a commercial trailer, was critically injured in a crash Aug. 15.

One person was critically injured Aug. 15, in a traffic crash between a passenger car and a commercial truck on U.S. Highway 26 between Madras and Prineville.
   According to Jed Rzegocki, Oregon State Police senior trooper, last Wednesday, at about 2:08 p.m., a 1990 Subaru wagon, driven by Timothy Childress, 20, of Redmond, was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 11 when his car crossed the centerline and collided with the side of a westbound commercial trailer, pulled by a truck driven by Dirk Graves, 57, of Bend.
   Childress was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with critical injuries. Childress was driving with a suspended license. Graves was uninjured. Both operators were using safety restraints.
   The highway was closed to one lane of traffic for approximately three hours while troopers investigated at the scene. Rzegocki is the lead investigator. No citations have been issued.
   OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, Jefferson County Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation.