UPDATE: OSP has released the names of the people involved in a crash that shut down HIghway 97 for almost seven hours yesterday.
The driver of a gold Buick Century that was killed in the crash yesterday was 27-year-old Timothy Kenyon of Klamath Falls. With him in the vehicle was 28-year-old Cassandra Davis, also of Klamath Falls. Davis sustained minor injuries in the crash, and was brought to the hospital.
Find traffic updates at ODOT's TripCheck site. Accidents and closures appear as red boxes, and alerts are displayed on the right side of your screen.
The driver of the semi-truck that hit Kenyon's Buick as he turned onto the highway was 32-year-old Robert Griffith of Central Point. Griffith was unhurt, and OSP investigators believe that Griffith could not have avoided the collision.
(Updated as of 9:21 a.m. on Thursday, April 19)
UPDATE: All lanes have been reopened at the crash site on Highway 97 and traffic is no longer being detoured, according to ODOT.
(Updated as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18)
UPDATE: One driver was killed in a crash on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls, according to Oregon State Police (OSP). Troopers and First Responders were first called to the scene at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Investigators believe that the driver of a gold Buick Century was attempting to turn onto Highway 97 from Algoma Road. The Buick's driver turned directly into the path of a semi-truck that was heading northbound along the highway. The semi-truck driver was unable to swerve in time, and crashed into the Buick.
This occurred near milepost 266 of the highway. OSP does not yet know why the Buick's driver turned when they did.
The driver of the Buick was 'ejected from the vehicle' and was pronounced dead at the scene. There was a passenger in the Buick who survived, and was brought to the hospital with minor injuries. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.
The names of the drivers and passengers involved are being withheld until the next-of-kin for the deceased driver has been notified.
At this time, Highway 97 is still closed, with a detour at Algoma Road. Updates are available at ODOT's TripCheck site.
(Updated as of 2:16 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18)
UPDATE: OSP has confirmed that there was at least one fatality in the accident that has closed down Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.
ODOT now estimates that the highway will be reopened between 1:30 and 2 p.m.
(Updated as of 12:52 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A crash between a passenger car and a semi-truck has all lanes currently blocked on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).
The crash and subsequent closure occurred at milepost 266, about 8 miles north of Klamath Falls.
Traffic is being detoured on Algoma Road at this time, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). They currently do not have an estimate for when the highway will reopen.
Delays should be expected, although ODOT does not have an estimate for how much delay the detour may be causing.