Head-on collision injures 6, closes highway

Published Jun 10, 2013 at 05:00AM

A head-on crash on U.S. Highway 26 east of Prineville on Sunday morning left six people injured and completely closed the road for an hour.

Anoop Antony, 28, of Corvallis, was headed eastbound about 20 miles east of town in a 2013 Dodge Avenger around 9:45 a.m. when he became distracted by something outside the sedan, according to Senior Trooper Jed Rzegocki of the Oregon State Police. He swerved into the other lane while going through a right turn and hit a westbound 2006 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by Mark Caffee, 54, of Portland.

Both cars had four people in them and of the eight people, six were taken to hospitals, according to state police. All were wearing seat belts, and none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Of the passengers in Antony’s car, Usha Devaraj, 31, of Corvallis, was taken by LifeFlight air ambulance to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries and Ambilay James, 28, of Corvallis, was taken to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville with minor injuries, according to state police. Of passengers in Caffee’s car, Christine MacKassey, 55, of Portland, was taken by medical helicopter to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries, and Daniel Frantz, 41, of Portland and Emily Caffee, 27, were taken to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The driver was also taken to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Antony, who was not injured, was cited for failing to maintain a lane of travel, according to state police. The road was closed for an hour and limited to one lane in both directions for another hour following the crash.

— Bulletin staff report