Three people were killed following a single-vehicle crash west of Redmond on Tuesday.

“It was one vehicle, off the roadway, heavily damaged,” said Redmond Fire Chief Jeff Puller.

State Highway 126 was backed up several miles in each direction at the intersection with Eagle Crest Boulevard.

The crash was reported at 11:27 a.m.

Redmond Fire responded with two engines, two support vehicles and an ambulance. Medics were not able to work on the crash victims, and no one was transported to a hospital, Puller said.

“They were gone by then,” he said.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Department of Transportation also sent personnel.

Oregon State Police is investigating the crash. Its designated spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for information.

Roads were partially closed midafternoon Tuesday as crash reconstruction experts investigated, Puller said.

Sheriff Shane Nelson was also on the scene. He happened to be in the Redmond area and wanted to support his agency when he learned the crash was fatal, according to sheriff’s spokesman William Bailey.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325,