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3 people killed in Hwy 97 crash (Jefferson County)
On Friday, August 17, 2018 at approximately 2:00 A.M., Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 97 near milepost 80.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Mazda Protege, operated by Sarah Marie Steffler (33) from Moses Lake, Washington was northbound on Hwy 97 when for unknown reasons crossed into the southbound lanes of travel and impacted the guardrail and then collided with a southbound 2006 Kia Sportage operated by Miguel Galvan Sanchez (40) of Manson, Washington.
Steffler and a juvenile female passenger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.
There were four occupants in the Kia Sportage operated by Sanchez. Sanchez and one passenger were transported by ground to St. Charles in Madras. One passenger was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles in Bend.
A juvenile female sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP was assisted on scene by Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, Jefferson County EMS and ODOT.