A Bend man working under the hood of his disabled truck was killed by a semi on Highway 20 near Brothers early Wednesday morning.
Oregon State Police said a Ford F350 driving west and towing a 40-foot gooseneck trailer loaded with two GMC pickups became disabled and came to a stop on the highway, partially blocking the westbound lane.
A Kenworth semi operated by a 69-year-old Washington man was also traveling west and struck the trailer, forcing the vehicle combination off the road and onto the shoulder.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as 77-year-old Nicholas Fagan of Bend. OSP said Fagan was outside his truck working under the hood when the trailer was struck. He died at the scene.
A passenger in the Ford F350, identified as 61-year-old Danny Reinhart of Bend, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
The semi driver was not injured.
The crash happened about 4:35 a.m. near milepost 88.5, 40 miles west of Burns.
OSP said 100-125 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the road and into the ditch of the westbound lane. An environmental contractor responded to the scene to clean it up.
The westbound lane was closed for several hours to complete the investigation and the Haz-Mat cleanup. ODOT provided traffic control during the event.
Oregon State Police was assisted by the Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.
A 26-year-old Madras man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-car crash near Highway 26.
According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, the crash happened just after 3 p.m. five miles north of Madras and a half mile west of Highway 26.
Adkins said Jose Torres Ramos, 26, of Madras was driving a 2001 Subaru wagon eastbound on Elm Lane at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the car drifted onto the right shoulder of Elm Lane before Ramos overcorrected, causing the car to veer left off the north side of Elm Lane and rolling several times in an alfalfa field.
An ambulance crew and fire department were first on the scene and provided care to the Ramos, who was alone in the car.
Officials say Ramos was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle. Air Life was called to the scene, but Ramos died before being taken to the hospital.
Photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins
A 34-year-old Bend man was arrested Wednesday morning after multiple hit-and-run crashes and a short chase from Tumalo to Bend.
According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, someone called 9-1-1 about 1:12 a.m. Wednesday to report a Chevy truck had crashed into park cars near Tumalo Tavern. The caller reported the driver drove away from the parking lot after the crashes and drove through Tumalo.
Meanwhile, Bend Police were actively investigating another hit and run crash near Jake’s Diner reported about a half hour earlier. The victim provided a description of the truck and the driver and police said it matched the suspect from the incident in Tumalo.
A DSCO Deputy Sheriff located the truck and unsuccessfully tried to pull over the driver. A pursuit ensued through Tumalo and onto southbound Highway 97 toward Bend, with speeds never exceeding 55 mph.
Sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips on the highway and were able to bring the truck to a stop at the Highway 97 and Cooley Road intersection.
After the truck stopped, DCSO Deputies, with the help of Oregon State Police and Bend Police, conducted a high risk vehicle stop.
DSCO Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said the driver, Randall Richard Kilby of Bend, was arrested without further incident. No injuries were reported.
Kilby was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and booked on several charges including felony attempting to elude, reckless driving and a parole violation.