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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 near Chemult in Klamath County

September 23, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Four people were transported with non-life threatening injuries Monda y afternoon following a two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 97 near Chemult in northern Klamath County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the crash in which fatigue is a possible contributing factor.

On September 23, 2013, at approximately 12:34 p.m., a gray Acura sport utility vehicle driven by MARILYN CHRISTIAN, age 75, from Klamath Falls, was northbound on Highway 97 near mile post 210 when it crossed the centerline collided with a southbound Ford F-150 pulling a travel trailer.

MARILYN CHRISTIAN was extricated by on scene emergency personnel and transported with her husband/passenger ALBERT CHRISTIAN, age 74, by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were using safety restraints and their vehicle's airbags deployed.

The southbound Ford F-150 was operated by GEORGE D. STONE, age 64, from Petaluma, California. GEORGE STONE and his wife/passenger, DEBI STONE, age not available, were transported by ground ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts and their vehicle's airbags deployed.

The trailer was not occupied and was completely destroyed.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command are investigating. Trooper Craig Rice is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Chemult Rural Fire District, and Crescent Rural Fire Protection District. The highway was closed for over an hour and then reduced to one lane of travel for an additional hour.


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