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home : current news : current news September 15, 2014

6/13/2013 8:22:00 AM
Blocked views lead to Highway 20 crash

Several people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a crash at the intersection of Highway 20 and McKinney Butte Road at the west end of Sisters.

According to a sheriff's office report, emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a collision between a 2001 Jeep Compass and a 2001 PT Cruiser just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.

Amber Plant, the driver of the white Jeep Compass, needed to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. Plant, 35, along with her two children, were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The two children in the vehicle did not need to be extricated and exited the vehicle on their own.

The Maroon PT Cruiser, operated by Dixie Morken, 84, was also blocking Highway 20. Morken was able to get herself out of the vehicle and was transported to St. Charles Family Care Center in Sisters by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office investigation revealed that Morken was stopped at the intersection of McKinney Butte Road on the south side of Highway 20. She was attempting to cross the intersection and continue onto West Barclay Drive, northbound. Morken's view was obstructed by a large tractor-trailer which was in the center turn lane at this intersection. As Morken crossed the intersection she was struck by Plant's Jeep Compass which was traveling west on Highway 20. The airbags in Plant' vehicle deployed upon impact.

Plant had been unable to see Morken's vehicle because her view had also been blocked by the same tractor-trailer in the turn lane.

Highway 20 was shut down for a short time while Plant was being extricated and during the removal of the vehicles from the scene. Davis Towing responded and removed both vehicles. The Oregon State Police assisted with traffic control while the highway was closed.

Everyone was wearing seat belts at the time of this crash.

The intersection has been the site of multiple crashes in recent years.

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