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Fatal Traffic Crash - Powell Butte Highway south of Highway 126
09/30/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Crook County 9-1-1 operators were instrumental in helping emergency responders locate a crashed vehicle following an early Friday morning fatal traffic crash along Powell Butte Highway about three miles south of the Highway 126 junction east of Redmond. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The names of the vehicle's two occupants are released in this update.
 
According to Sergeant Don Wagner, on September 30, 2011 at 6:02 a.m. Crook County 9-1-1 received a call from DEBRA LYNN IVIE, age 56, from Prineville, reporting a traffic crash. IVIE was injured and unaware of the location where she crashed. Initial attempts by emergency responders to find the vehicle were unsuccessful so Crook County 9-1-1 operators utilized phone mapping software to provide latitude and longitude coordinates pinpointing the vehicle's exact location.
 
Utilizing the coordinates, emergency responders found the vehicle at 6:16 a.m. in a cluster of trees about 125 feet off the highway. The vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai four-door, was not visible due to darkness.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Hyundai driven IVIE was southbound on Powell Butte Highway near milepost 3 negotiating a left curve when it traveled off the right shoulder and lost control. The vehicle continued until it collided into several trees. The driver's mother, AFTON SLAUGHTER, age 76, from Prineville, was a passenger and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
IVIE was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with non-life threatening injuries.
 
Both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Crook County Sheriff's Office.