La Pine woman, 77, killed in collision on US 97

Oregon State Police vehicle OSP

A La Pine woman was killed Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash south of the city on Highway 97, Oregon State Police said.

The crash happened around 12:21 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 31 in Klamath County.

OSP said a southbound Chevy Trail Blazer driven by an 87-year-old from Fort Rock was in the left turn lane. The driver attempted to turn onto Highway 31 and was hit by a northbound Dodge Dart driven by a 22-year-old from La Pine.

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Both drivers suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the Dart, identified as 77-year-old Joanne Lee Banzer, died at the scene, OSP said.

OSP did not indicate if anyone was cited in the crash. It said that road conditions do not appear to be a factor.

The highway was closed for about 3 1/2 hours for the investigation.

The story has been corrected to indicate the passenger who was killed was in the Dodge, not the Chevy.


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