A Redmond woman died Tuesday in a two-car crash on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond.
Oregon State Police said the preliminary investigation revealed that a 2017 Subaru Legacy, driven by 76-year-old Linda Dent of Redmond, was southbound on Highway 97 near the intersection with 61st Street when for unknown reasons crossed into the northbound slow lane and into the path of a 2018 Ram 3500.
The Ram 3500, an Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response Vehicle, was driven by 38-year-old John Benson of Redmond.
Dent was pronounced dead at the scene, according to OSP.
Benson was taken to St Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries.
OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.
The crash happened at 11:45 a.m. and forced the closure of the northbound lanes of the highway for a few hours during the investigation and cleanup of the crash.
The highway fully re-opened just after 4 p.m.