The four people who died at the scene all lived on the reservation. It's not clear if they're related, but tribal members say everyone there is like family.

Over the roar of the highway, bells, chanting and praying could be heard Thursday morning as several tribal members gathered on the side of the road to mourn the devastating loss.

"When I was singing, I heard the screams and the yells from right there, that's when you pray a little harder," said tribal elder Roma David.

"We were called on to pray for the spirits that are still here, because the families of these children who have left us are hurting, just like we are," added fellow elder Geraldine Jim.

Among the wreckage of the crash that claimed so many lives in a single moment, white roses lay among the shattered glass.

"There are so many people involved in this, it's going to be very hard," David said.

A photograph of the wrecked Warm Springs patrol car shows the front end completely smashed in. Miraculously, the officer survived, but was sent to the hospital with several broken bones, and is expected to undergo surgery.

"We were with him last night and this morning," said Jim Soules, public safety manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. "He was obviously upset about what had occurred and feeling helpless. Nobody wants that to happen, nothing like that to happen to anybody. No matter what they've done, nobody wants that kind of horrific end to them."

The name of the officer involved is not yet being released.

Tribal members say their community has endured too many tragedies over the years, and something has to change.

David said she wasn't sure if drugs or alcohol may have been involved, but she added that when it comes to young people on the reservation, that's often the case.

"It affects everybody, the whole reservation is feeling this shock," she added. "Needless deaths."