Ten people were taken to two hospitals with serious to minor injuries after a nearly head-on crash on Highway 97 north of Bend Sunday afternoon, just one of a large string of crashes around the region that officials said serve as a reminder to slow down on the still-slick streets.
Acting on a tip, Redmond police on Saturday found a convicted sex offender wanted on a four-year-old warrant, leading to a brief pursuit on snowy streets, a crash and the fugitive’s subsequent arrest, officers said Sunday.
A third day of record cold kept Central Oregon roads slick on Sunday and police and medics busy with another round of crashes, including a 2-vehicle crash on Highway 97 north of Bend that injured several people. More than 600 Sisters-area residents were without power for several hours.
Bend drivers already navigating streets with packed snow and ice Saturday afternoon faced a new challenge, as a BNSF Railway locomotive derailed and the freight train blocked two crossings for close to two hours.