Two people were killed and two others were injured Wednesday when a pickup truck collided head-on with a rental moving van on Highway 97 near La Pine.
According to Oregon State Police, a Dodge D20 pickup being driven by a teenage boy, was northbound when it side-swiped a Ford Explorer, driven by a Bend man turning onto Jack Pine Loop.
The Dodge then went into the southbound lane and collided with a Uhaul Econoline van driven by 35-year-old Jeffery Ferris of Fairview.
The teen and Ferris both suffered fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Another teen boy riding in the Dodge and a boy riding in the U-Haul were taken to St. Charles in Bend with injuries.
La Pine Fire Chief Mike Supkis said paramedics and firefighters were dispatched to the crash near the Jack Pine Loop Road intersection just before 1 p.m.
Both vehicles caught fire in the crash, Supkis said.
The highway was closed for several hours but reopened at 5 p.m.
An 18-year-old from Redmond was killed Tuesday night in a two-car crash on Reed Market Road and American Lane.
Bend Police said about 8:07 p.m. a blue Ford pickup driven by 18-year-old Chase Turnbull of Bend was driving east on SE Reed Market Road approaching SE American Lane when he collided with a Subaru Impreza trying to turn left from Reed Market onto American Lane.
Marshall Sarabia, a 19-year-old Bend resident was driving the Impreza with Brooklyn Klaus, 18, of Bend in the back seat and 18-year-old Connor Hunt of Redmond in the passenger seat.
Hunt, a senior at the Redmond Proficiency Academy, was killed in the collision. No other injuries were reported.
On Wednesday, RPA Director Jon Bullock sent an e-mail to families at the school telling them about the accident.
“Such an unexpected tragedy affects the entire RPA community. Each of us responds to sudden loss in our own way, and we need to be supportive of each other during this time,” he wrote. “Tomorrow at school, and in the days to come, if you or your student needs support, time, or space to process this loss, our counselors are available and prepared to provide assistance.”
SE Reed Market Road and SE American Lane were closed for investigation until 2:15 a.m. Bend Public Works and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted in closing the streets for the investigation.
While the investigation continues, police say early indicators suggest both cars entered the intersection on a yellow light. Everyone in both vehicles was wearing their seat belts.
Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.