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Two West Linn residents injured in crash near Mt. Bachelor

by: Oregon State Police

Four people were injured Thursday afternoon, Dec. 29, in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 372 near Mount Bachelor.

According to trooper Toni Raugust, at approximately 1:10 p.m. a 2008 Toyota pickup driven by Leah M. Albert, 32, from San Francisco, Cali., was westbound on Highway 372 near milepost 15 when she lost control, over-corrected and crossed the center line, hitting an eastbound 2003 Volkswagen Golf with three occupants.

The Volkswagen's driver, Bruce Seymour, 60, from West Linn, and two passengers identified as Lotte Schmitz, 52, from West Linn, and Michael D. Schmitz, 67, from Bend, were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Albert was treated at the scene for minor injuries but was not taken to a hospital. She was cited for careless driving.

Roadway conditions were snow and ice. All occupants were using safety restraints.

Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, local emergency responders and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation urges drivers to remember road and visibility conditions may unexpectedly change during the holiday and winter season. They advise, 'Be rested, alert, slow down for the conditions on the road, and 'know before you go' by staying up to date of road and weather conditions posted at www.tripcheck.com or by calling 5-1-1.'