A Driver Dies In A Fatal Crash With An 18-Wheeler on Highway 97

Being in an accident with large trucks such as tractor-trailers and 18-wheelers can be deadly.  Recently off of Highway 97, an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle were in a deadly crash. Sadly, the crash took the life of the Sacramento driver.

KTVZ News Channel 21  in Oregon reported on its website that the fatal crash happened late Tuesday, April 7th.  The crash was the result of the driver of a Nissan Versa traveling southbound on Highway 97, drifting into the northbound lanes, and colliding with a Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer rig.  

The crash happened just north of Klamath Falls in Oregon.

According to a statement issued by the Oregon State Police, the collision happened at approximately 7:30 p.m. near mile marker 259.  Emergency crews responded to the crash. The driver of the smaller vehicle was reported to have died at the scene as the result of injuries he received in the accident.

Officials have released the identity of the victim in the crash as 29-year-old Austin Wills of Sacramento, California. 

The driver of the big rig, a 75-year-old man from Klamath Falls, was uninjured in the crash.  The identity of the truck driver was not released. 

The collision caused a three-hour closure of Highway 97. At the same time, the scene was investigated by officers from the Oregon State Police, The Klamath Falls Sheriff’s Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Firefighters from the Chiloquin Fire Department also responded to the scene of the fatal crash.

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