Central Oregon Daily2 killed in head-on crash on Highway 26; Dog survives

2 killed in head-on crash on Highway 26; Dog survives

2 killed in head-on crash on Highway 26; Dog survives

Oregon State Police vehicle

Two people were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Reservation Saturday that closed the highway for hours.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near milepost 77, Oregon State Police said.

The preliminary investigation found that a Ford Taurus headed eastbound ended up in the westbound lane and collided with what OSP identified as a Hyundai Ion (Hyundai makes the Ioniq — it’s not clear if that’s what OSP meant).

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The driver of the Hyundai, 63-year-old Carla Nichols of Redmond, and the driver of the Taurus, 51-year-old James Mahon of Mineral Wells, Texas, were both killed.

A young chihuahua that was in Nichols’ vehicle survived and was taken care of by passerbys.

OSP said it’s unknown why the Taurus ended up in the wrong lane.

Oregon Department of Transportation sent out an alert at 2:54 p.m. that the highway was closed just east of the Highway 216 junction. That was lifted about four hours later.

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