Hwy. 20 closed briefly near Sisters after rollover crash

A non-injury rollover crash Monday morning closed Highway 20 near Sisters for about 10 minutes, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened just before 8:30 a.m. Deputies found a yellow Ford XST pickup on the north side of the road resting on its driver’s side.  Deputies also found the driver and passenger of the vehicle and determined they suffered no injuries.

Sgt. Kevin Dizney said the preliminary investigation determined the pickup driver, 30-year-old Corena Freel, was traveling behind another SUV type vehicle traveling west on Highway 20.  The SUV began to slow to turn right into a driveway.  Freel was not able to slow down behind the SUV and was forced to attempt to drive around the SUV while crossing the center line of the highway.  This caused the truck to lose control, and drive off the north side of the road, Dizney said. The truck rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its side.

Dizney said the accident is still under investigation to determine if speed, distracted driving, or following too close as causes for the crash.  Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be involved factors at this time, Dizney said.

The crash temporarily closed both lanes of travel for five to 10 minutes to assist with the investigation and medical services.  The sheriff’s office was assisted with this crash by Sisters Fire and ODOT.

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