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Police say that an ill-timed left turn on US 97 resulted in a broadside crash.

Posted: Mar. 29, 2018 4:08 PM
Updated: Mar. 29, 2018 4:12 PM

LAPINE, Ore. — Two drivers were rushed to the hospital after a broadside collision near Lapine in Klamath County on Thursday. The crash occurred on US 97, at the junction with Highway 31, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

OSP reports that one driver in a black 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling south on US 97, and tried to make a left turn onto Highway 31. Another driver in a white 2007 Hyundai Accent 4-door was traveling northbound.

The driver of the black pickup turned directly into the path of the driver in the white 4-door, resulting in a broadside collision. The two vehicles came to an "uncontrolled rest" in the northbound lane, according to OSP.

Both drivers were men, and both were alone in their vehicles at the time of the crash. The driver of the pickup was brought to St. Charles in Bend. The driver of the white 4-door had to be taken by air ambulance, also to St. Charles in Bend. There is no word yet on the extent of their injuries.

Highways 97 and 31 were blocked for about an hour, according to OSP.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Airlink, Lapine Fire District and the Crescent Fire Medics.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available at this time.

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