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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Bend
01/02/2009
Sergeant Chris Seber
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213

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A 16-year old Redmond-area girl died Friday morning after losing control of her pickup and colliding with another pickup on Highway 97 about eight miles north of Bend. A third pickup was involved in the crash but its driver was not injured.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Chris Seber, on January 2, 2009 at approximately 7:35 a.m. a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by SHALAE RAE MORTENSON, age 16, from Redmond, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 127 when it lost control during icy highway conditions. The pickup spun counter-clockwise across the center median into the southbound lanes where it was struck in the passenger side by a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by JOSE ALEX MENDOZA, age 33, from Terrebonne. After the initial collision, a southbound 2007 Ford F150 pickup driven by RANDALL S. BURCHAM, age 46, from Terrebonne, crashed into the back of MENDOZA's pickup.
 
MORTENSON was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.
 
MENDOZA was seriously injured and transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was using safety restraints and his pickup's airbags deployed.
 
BURCHAM was not injured. He was using safety restraints and his pickup's airbags deployed.
 
OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Redmond Ambulance, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
 
All lanes were closed for about two hours before one lane was open in both directions using the northbound lanes.