Bulletin Staff Report

A La Pine man died in a head-on collision that closed U.S. Highway 97 Thursday morning.

Around 10 a.m., Steven Hanner was driving his Chevrolet Silverado Pickup east on Jackpine Loop Road near La Pine when he failed to stop at a stop sign before entering the highway, according to Oregon State Police.

Hanner turned onto the highway and collided with a semitruck.

Hanner, 35, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jeff Every, a 40-year-old resident of Terrebonne who was driving the semitruck, reported no injuries, according to Oregon State Police.

The semitruck caught fire after a fuel leak caused by the crash. Highway 97 was closed for several hours to allow law enforcement to conduct an investigation. Both lanes were reopened by 2:30 p.m.

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