Yesterday, at approximately 5:34 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 233.
Preliminary investigation revealed northbound silver Honda Odyssey, operated by Yuriel Lucatero Campos (33) of San Ysidro, California, lost control due to icy conditions.
The Honda Odyssey crossed into oncoming lanes and was struck head-on by a southbound International CMV, operated by Christopher Lucio (46) of Tulare, California.
Lucatero Campos and four passengers were transported by ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center.
A fifth male passenger (7) of San Ysidro, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Lucio was not injured.
Hwy 97 was restricted to one lane for 6 hours. OSP was assisted by Chiloquin Fire and Rescue and ODOT.
Beginning tonight and into next week, most of our area will experience potentially dangerous conditions. Including possible valley snow, and ice on roadways. This tragedy is a stark reminder that ice is very dangerous and to use the utmost in caution during winter driving conditions.