▶️ 2-vehicle crash on Highway 97 in Bend leaves drivers seriously injured

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A crash on Highway 97 in north Bend caused traffic delays and serious injuries Wednesday evening. 

The crash was reported just before 6:30 p.m., where the highway meets Cooley Rd. near Cascade Village Shopping Center. 

Oregon State Police said Thursday that the driver of a Subaru entered the intersection from Cooley Rd. on a red light for an unknown reason and was hit by a Cadillac in the passenger side door.

Both drivers were taken to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries. OSP said the Subaru driver sustained potential life-threatening injuries.

The crash also sent the Subaru into a power box used to control the traffic signal. Access to Cooley Rd. was closed from the highway for several hours, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

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