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Prineville man killed in Wheeler County crash

East Oregonian

Published on March 18, 2017 8:37PM

Last changed on March 20, 2017 7:02PM

A Prineville man died Saturday morning after a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 26 in Wheeler County.

Photo contributed by Oregon State Police

A Prineville man died Saturday morning after a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 26 in Wheeler County.


A Prineville man was killed and his two passengers flown to the hospital Saturday after a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 26 between Prineville and Mitchell in Wheeler County.

Scotty M. Ledford, 31, from Prineville was pronounced dead at the scene after the 2013 Dodge Ram he was driving eastbound veered off the roadway at 50 mph, struck a rock wall, then crossed back across to the opposite lane and into a ditch where it was struck by an oncoming 1995 Dodge pickup.

Ledford’s passengers, Angelica M. Luna, 27, and a juvenile were flown to St. Charles Hospital, Bend, with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kimberly Banta, 55, and his passenger Jared Banta, 41, both of Sweet Home, were not injured.

The wreck happened at about 7:30 a.m. and OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation and the sheriff’s offices and fire departments from Wheeler and Crook counties. The road was closed for about two hours.

Oregon State Police issued a press release about the collision Saturday evening.



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