Two people injured after Illegal pass leads to Crook County crash

Two people were injured Monday in a Crook County crash after a man tried to make an illegal pass on Powell Butte Highway, officials said.

According to Sgt. Mitch Madden of the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a reported accident at 3:27 p.m. on SW Powell Butte Hwy near milepost 3. Initial reports indicated that two vehicles were involved and that one vehicle was in a ditch. Initial reports also indicated that two people were injured, Madden said.

Medics from Crook County Fire and Rescue had arrived on scene prior to law enforcement and were providing first aid to two female patients.

Madden said a 75-year-old Nancy Cruikshank of Powell Butte was traveling west bound on SW Powell Butte Hwy in a 2014 Toyota SUV. Accompanying Cruikshank was 72-year-old Kathy Stormer of Powell Butte.

Cruikshank was preparing to make a left turn into a driveway when a 2015 GMC van driven by 35-year-old Christopher Phillips of Bend sideswiped Cruikshank as he tried to unlawfully pass several vehicles in front of him to include Cruikshank, Madden said. Cruikshank’s SUV continued into a ditch where it collided head on with a small tree. Madden said the area Phillips attempted to pass the vehicles was marked as a no passing area by the solid yellow lines on the highway.

Both Cruikshank and Stormer were taken to St. Charles in Bend due to their injuries. Phillips was issued a citation for unsafe passing. There was no indication of drugs and/or alcohol on any of the drivers.

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Crook County Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Oregon State Police, and Dave’s Towing.

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