Prineville rollover injures 2; alcohol believed to be factor

Two men were injured Monday night in a one-car crash near Prineville.

According to the Sgt. Brian Bottoms of the Crook County Sheriff’s Office , deputies were dispatched to a crash six miles north of Prineville at NW Gerke Road near NW Country Loop around 8:15.

Upon arriving, deputies found a black Jeep Wrangler resting upright in a field about 30 yards off the north side of NW Gerke Road. The Jeep had major damaged and appeared to have rolled several times.

Both the Driver 30-year-old Eli Cromwell and the passenger, 37-year-old Blake Murray were ejected out of the vehicle. Both Cromwell and Murray sustained major injuries and were air lifted to St. Charles in Bend Oregon, Bottoms said.

The Jeep appeared to be heading east on NW Gerke Road when it failed to negotiate a right hand corner. The Jeep left the road, crashed through a pacific power pole, and then rolled several times out into a field where both Cromwell and Murray were ejected, he said.

Bottoms said alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Fire Rescue, Prineville Police Department, and The Oregon State Police.


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