TERREBONNE, Ore. - Three people were taken to the hospital and a delivery driver was cited Tuesday after he checked a text on his dashboard’s cellphone, triggering a four-vehicle rear-end crash west of Terrebonne, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputies and Redmond Fire Department paramedics were dispatched around 2:10 p.m. to the reported crash in the 3600 block of Northwest Lower Bridge Way, near 43rd street, said sheriff’s Lt. Mike Biondi.
An investigation determined that the drivers of a 1991 Jeep Wrangler, 1997 Chevy Tahoe and a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup were stopped heading west on Lower Bridge Way, waiting behind a school bus dropping off students, Biondi said.
DHL delivery driver Don Caruso, 46, of Eugene, told deputies he, too, was heading west at about 45-50 mph, using his cellphone as a GPS to make deliveries, according to Biondi.
Caruso said he looked down at his phone, attached to his dashboard, then looked up, saw the stopped cars and crashed into the Jeep Wrangler, triggering the chain-reaction crash, the lieutenant said.
The Tahoe’s driver, Russell Stock, 47, of Crooked River Ranch, his passenger and wife, Melissa Stock, 46, and the Jeep’s driver, Dennis Frier, 66, of Terrebonne, were taken by Redmond Fire medics to St. Charles Redmond with non-life-threatening injuries.
Caruso was cited for following too closely, Biondi said.
The delivery van, Jeep and Tahoe were towed from the scene. Biondi said Lower Bridge Way was closed or limited to one travel lane for about 45 minutes.