Man, 91, causes head-on Hwy. 97 crash; 2 die

A 91-year-old California man driving a rented car was one of two people who died in a head-on collision in Jefferson County, July 19, 2013 (Courtesy: OSP)
A 91-year-old California man driving a rented car was one of two people who died in a head-on collision in Jefferson County, July 19, 2013 (Courtesy: OSP)

MADRAS, Ore. (KOIN) — A 91-year-old California man driving a rented car was one of two people who died in a head-on collision Friday in Jefferson County.

Around 5:30 p.m., a group of cars began passing a truck along Highway 97 near milepost 89. Among the passing vehicles was a rented Subaru driven by Warren Chester Ward, who state troopers believe slammed head-on into a Ford Explorer.

Both the Subaru and the Explorer ended up off the road and a small fire in the Subaru was quickly put out.

Ward died at the scene, as did the driver of the Explorer, 71-year-old Harold Curtis from Antelope, Ore. Curtis’ passenger, 68-year-old Elizabeth Samul, was injured but is expected to survive.

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