Heavy rain and hail may have contributed to a four-vehicle crash that injured three Thursday on U.S. Highway 97 north of Sunriver, according to Oregon State Police.
The driver of a southbound Ford Thunderbird lost control in a passing storm around 2:45 p.m., collided with a northbound Chevrolet Malibu with four inside, then hit a stationary Nissan pickup with one occupant, OSP reported.
“The Ford continued southbound out of control and collided with a third vehicle, a northbound Kia Sportage with two occupants,” according to OSP Lt. Carl Rhodes.
The Ford driver and two female occupants of the Kia were treated at St. Charles Bend, according to police. OSP provided no identification of the injured. The Nissan’s lone occupant was not injured and the four in the Chevrolet declined medical transport, police reported.
Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies along with personnel from the Sunriver and Bend fire departments and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. One traffic lane was blocked while authorities worked the scene.
— Bulletin staff report