PRINEVILLE – One Prineville resident suffered fatal injuries and another was hospitalized Saturday following a violent head-on crash just south of town that left one driver trapped in her smoking vehicle, officials said.
Crook County sheriff’s deputies responded around 4:20 p.m. to a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries on Juniper Canyon Road at milepost 1, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Chapman.
Before deputies arrived, they were told that one vehicle was smoking and the driver was trapped inside. Citizens at the scene called police dispatch and updated conditions at the scene, trying to help both drivers until paramedics arrived.
Fire personnel used mechanical and hydraulic extrication tools to free Earl Dean Meyers, 43, from the wreckage of his 1983 Nissan pickup.
Meyers and the driver of a 2002 Chevy sedan, Dianna Clemens, 43, were taken to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville. Meyers died from his injuries, Chapman said; Clemens was listed in stable condition Sunday night, according to a nursing supervisor.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Meyers may have been speeding when he lost control of his northbound pickup, crashing into Clemens’ southbound car, Chapman said. The investigation is continuing, he added.