2 killed, 2 injured in head-on crash near La Pine


Two people were killed and two others were injured Wednesday when a pickup truck collided head-on with a rental moving van on Highway 97 near La Pine.

According to Oregon State Police, a Dodge D20 pickup being driven by a teenage boy,  was northbound when it side-swiped a Ford Explorer, driven by a Bend man turning onto Jack Pine Loop.

The Dodge then went into the southbound lane and collided with a Uhaul Econoline van driven by 35-year-old Jeffery Ferris of Fairview.

The teen and Ferris both suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another teen boy riding in the Dodge and a boy riding in the U-Haul were taken to St. Charles in Bend with injuries.

La Pine Fire Chief Mike Supkis said paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the crash near the Jack Pine Loop Road intersection just before 1 p.m.

Both vehicles caught fire in the crash, Supkis said.

The highway was closed for several hours but reopened at 5 p.m.





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