REDMOND, OR (KPTV) - A driver died after veering into the wrong lane of Highway 97 and crashing head-on with a commercial truck.
Emergency crews responded to Milepost 124 at the southern end of Redmond at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Investigators said Richard James Lanning, 73, of Prineville, was driving a 2005 Chevy Malibu north on the highway when the driver crossed over into the oncoming lanes for unknown reasons and collided with a southbound truck.
The driver of the Malibu was pronounced dead at the scene. That driver’s name has not been released by police.
The 48-year-old man driving the truck for Bend Roof Truss was taken to the hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Highway 97 was closed for more than three hours after the crash.
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