Thursday, June 22, 2017

***Update - Names Released*** Fatal single vehicle crash on Highway 26 takes the life of one and starts large grass fire. (Madras - Prineville) (Photo)

***UPDATE - NAMES RELEASED*** FATAL SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 26 TAKES THE LIFE OF ONE AND STARTS LARGE GRASS FIRE. (MADRAS - PRINEVILLE) (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 22nd, 2017 3:40 PM
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The deceased driver of the Chevy Suburban was identified as 68 year old Dallas Oregon resident Michael Dennis Roach. The female passenger was identified as Tara Rae Redfern. Redfern was treated for non-lifethreatening injuries. There is no update to the condition of the involved children.

**End Release**


***Previous Release***Just prior to 5 p.m. Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 11. (Between Madras and Prineville) The initial investigation revealed a single motor vehicle was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree on the south ditch easement. An eastbound motorist arrived immediately after the crash and discovered three minor children in the vehicle along with a male driver and female passenger. The motorist was able to extricate the children and female passenger. The vehicle caught fire and was fully engulfed prior to the Jefferson County Fire District's arrival. The unidentified male driver died at the scene as a result of injuries. The female passenger was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital for unknown injuries. The three children were transported via ground ambulance to a Madras hospital for minor injuries.

The Bureau of Land Management has eight fire crews at the scene and is currently working to contain the grass fire. The fire is not expected to exceed the four acre fire boundary established.

Further information will be released as it becomes available. OSP was assisted on-scene by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County EMS, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Jefferson County Medical Examiner.
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