Madras driver keeps control; passengers in car not injured
Oregon State Police troopers from Madras and Bend are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's two-vehicle traffic crash on U.S. Highway 97 north of Redmond that resulted in the death of two people and injuries to a third person, all from Vancouver, Wash.
According to Sgt. David Pond, on Dec. 15, at about 6:30 p.m., a 2012 Ford Focus driven by Justin A. Hendrix, 19, of Madras, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 114 followed by a 2000 Ford F-250 crewcab pickup driven by Richard Bruce Fraker, 68, of Vancouver, Wash.
The Ford pickup attempted to pass the passenger car in a prohibited passing area on the snow-covered road, when the pickup's driver lost control. The pickup collided into the passenger car and both vehicles traveled off the east side of the highway.
Hendrix brought his car to a controlled stop, but the pickup rolled onto its top off the highway, trapping its three occupants.
An OSP officer drove up onto the scene and started emergency medical care until relieved by firefighters and paramedics from Redmond Fire and Rescue.
Fraker and right front passenger Terry Anne Clampitt, 47, were pronounced deceased at the scene. Rear passenger Barbara Fraker, 67, was injured and transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with possible serious injuries.
The occupants of the pickup were extricated by firefighters. All three were from Vancouver, Wash.
Hendrix and his two passengers, ages 14 and 18, were not injured.
OSP troopers from the Bend and Madras offices responded to the scene. Local emergency responding agencies and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted. The highway was partially blocked with traffic getting through the area, while emergency responders were on scene.
This is the second fatal traffic crash during the weekend in which winter conditions were a factor. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers to operate their vehicles at safe speeds for the road conditions present in the area.
Find out about road and weather conditions in the area where you will be traveling by checking ODOT's website, www.TripCheck.com.
With the Christmas and New Year's holidays approaching, there will be a significant increase in traffic and travelers on area roads, so do all you can before and during your travels to be safe on the roads.