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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 197 Junction
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an 80-year old Athena, Oregon woman Friday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 197 in southern Wasco County approximately 23 miles north of Madras.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Jed Rzegocki, on July 2, 2010 at approximately 12:36 p.m. a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup towing a 28-foot camper trailer operated by TYSON TROUT, age 31, from White Salmon, Washington, was northbound on Highway 97 approaching the junction with Highway 197. TROUT attempted to turn left from Highway 97 onto Highway 197 and collided with a southbound 2001 Mercury Sable station wagon driven by FERN IRVING, age 80, from Athena.
IRVING was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The right front passenger in the Mercury identified as IVA HASENBANK, age 71, from Adams, Oregon was transported by ambulance to Mountain View Hospital in Madras with serious injuries. IRVING and HASENBANK were going to Black Butte Ranch for a family member's wedding. Black Butte Police Department made next of kin notifications for OSP.

TROUT's pickup had three passengers identified as his wife LESLIE TROUT, age 31, and their two children, a 12-year old daughter and 9-year old son. All refused medical treatment.
All involved occupants were using safety restraints.
Highway 97 was partially blocked for approximately 4 1/2 hours while troopers conducted the on-scene investigation. No enforcement action has been taken while OSP troopers from the Madras, Prineville, and The Dalles office complete the investigation.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Jefferson County Fire Rural Fire Department and ODOT.