Terrebonne woman swerves to avoid deer, crashes into irrigation canal

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/29/18 

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi

Date/time: 05/29/18 04:58 a.m.

Location:  Hwy 97 just north of Cinder Butte (MP 118)

Driver: De Latorre, Mary - 45 year old woman -Terrebonne, Or

Vehicle: Black 2004 Chevy Trailblazer

On 05/29/2018 at 04:58 hours, Deschutes County 911 received a call from a motorist who reported a vehicle had run off the road and into the irrigation canal at the location.

Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriffs Office and Redmond Fire Department personnel responded and located a black Chevy Trailblazer which was submerged in the canal up to its wheel wells, with De Latorre still inside.

Redmond Fire personnel attached a cable to the Trailblazer to keep it from moving in the swiftly flowing canal.

Redmond Fire Department personnel then used a ladder, placed in the driver’s window, to allow De Latorre to crawl across to the bank.

De Latorre was uninjured but transported to Saint Charles Medical Center - Redmond for evaluation.

The southbound lanes of Highway 97 were closed for approximately 45 minutes.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Redmond Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Lt. Mike Biondi
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division