Three killed in Hwy. 97 head-on crash north of Madras

OSP: Car's driver hit guardrail, oncoming SUV

MADRAS, Ore. - (Update: Adding Sanchez in fair condition)

Three people, including two juvenile females, were killed and three injured early Friday in a head-on crash of a car and SUV on Highway 97 north of Madras, Oregon State Police said.

OSP troopers and other emergency personnel responded around 2 a.m. to the reported two-vehicle crash on the highway near milepost 80, about 13 miles south of the highways 97-197 junction, Captain Tim Fox said.

A preliminary investigation found that Sarah Marie Steffler, 33, of Moses Lake, Washington, was heading north when her black 2000 Mazda Protege crossed into the southbound lanes for unknown reasons, struck the guardrail and then collided with a southbound 2006 Kia Sportage driven by Miguel Galvan Sanchez, 40, of Manson, Washington, Fox said.

Steffler and a juvenile female passenger in the Mazda suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, as did a juvenile female passenger in Sanchez's SUV, Fox said.

There were four people in the Kia Sportage. Sanchez and one passenger were taken to St. Charles Madras, while another passenger was flown by air ambulance to St. Charles Bend. Sanchez was in fair condition at midday Friday, according to hospital officials.

OSP was assisted on the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County EMS and ODOT.

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