Prineville man killed in head-on crash on Highway 97

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Oregon State Police say a Prineville man was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night on Highway 97 north of Madras.

OSP said it happened around 5:11 p.m. near milepost 76.

A preliminary investigation found that a northbound Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 75-year-old man Theodore Church of Prineville, crossed into the oncoming southbound lane. It collided with a Freightliner commercial truck driven by a man from Ontario, Canada.

Church was pronounced dead, OSP said. The Freightliner driver was not hurt.

The investigation and clean-up affected Highway 97 traffic for about three hours.

OSP did not indicate what may have caused the pickup driver to cross into the opposing lane.

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