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Storm causes three-car accident

One person seriously injured


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mud on U.S. Highway 97, at milepost 79, contributed to a three-vehicle crash on Sunday, during the storm.Two adults and a child were transported to area hospitals Sunday afternoon following a three-vehicle traffic crash on U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras.

Mud debris on the highway during severe weather conditions was a factor in the crash, according to Oregon State Police.

On Aug. 25, at approximately 4 p.m., a 1994 Chevrolet Corsica driven by Alejandro Magana, 39, of Moses Lake, Wash., was northbound on Highway 97, near milepost 79, when it began to slow, along with other traffic in both directions, due to mud debris on the highway.

The Chevrolet Corsica was struck from behind by a 2007 Dodge pickup driven by Nathan Hamlin, 20, of Prineville, causing the Chevrolet Corsica to spin across the highway, where it was struck again in the rear by a southbound 2011 Chevrolet pickup driven by Brian Meece, 63, of Bend.

The Dodge pickup driven by Hamlin went off the highway into a ditch, where it came to rest on its side.

An 8-year-old girl in the Corsica was trapped and extricated by Jefferson County Fire District personnel. She was transported to St. Charles Bend with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Her father, Alejandro Magana, was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Madras for treatment of injuries. On Tuesday morning, he was listed in serious condition at St. Charles Bend. His wife, Maricela, was not injured.

Hamlin was not injured. His passenger, Stefane Hamlin, 23, was transported to St. Charles Madras, where she was treated and released.

Nathan Hamlin was cited by OSP for following too closely. Meece was not injured. All were using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was blocked for a brief period until the roadway was cleared.




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