A Prineville man was killed in a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 26 west of Mitchell Saturday morning.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., Oregon State Police was dispatched to a fatal crash involving two vehicles. A preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2013 Dodge Ram, occupied by three, was traveling eastbound on the highway near milepost 55 at approximately 50 miles per hour, when the driver, 31-year-old Prineville resident Scotty M. Ledford, veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall. Ledford was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The impact caused the Dodge Ram to cross the highway into the westbound lane of travel and then into a ditch. The vehicle was struck by a westbound blue 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by 55-year-old Kimberly Banta of Sweet Home. The 2013 Dodge Ram was also occupied by surviving front passenger, 27-year-old Angelica M. Luna and a juvenile passenger who were transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the 1995 Dodge pickup, Jared Banta, age 42 of Sweet Home, and Kimberly were not injured. OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Fire and Rescue and Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. The highway was closed for approximately two hours with detours in place.