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Driver Cited Following Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 26 east of Prineville
June 9, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Six people were injured Sunday morning in a two-vehicle near head-on crash on Highway 26 about twenty miles east of Prineville in Crook County. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers investigated the crash and cited an involved driver. Driver distraction is a contributing factor.
 
According to Senior Trooper Jed Rzegocki, on June 9, 2013 at approximately 9:45 a.m., a 2013 Dodge Avenger four-door driven by ANOOP ANTONY, age 28, from Corvallis, was eastbound on Highway 26 when ANTONY became distracted by something outside of the vehicle and traveled into the westbound lane while negotiating through a right curve. The Dodge collided with a westbound 2006 Subaru Legacy station wagon driven by MARK CAFFEE, age 54, from Portland. Both vehicles had a total of four occupants, of which six people were transported to area hospitals. All were using safety restraints.
 
ANTONY was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Maintain a Lane of Travel. Two of his three passengers were transported for injuries. Right rear passenger AMBILAY JAMES, age 28, from Corvallis, was transported by ground ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Left rear passenger USHA DEVARAJ, age 31, from Corvallis, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.
 
CAFFEE was transported by ground ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. His three passengers were also injured and taken to area hospitals. Right front passenger CHRISTINE MacKASSEY, age 55, from Portland, was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. Right rear passenger DANIEL FRANTZ, age 41, from Portland, was transported by ground ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Left rear passenger EMILY CAFFEE, age 27, from Portland, was transported by ground ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
 
None of the seriously injured people have life-threatening injuries.
 
OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices were assisted at the scene by Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire Department and ODOT.
 
The highway was closed one hour before being open to one lane for both directions. The road was completely opened about two hours after the crash.