Oregon State Police have identified the driver who died early Sunday morning after her pickup left the roadway, crashed into two trees, and caught fire about five miles west of Prineville on Highway 126.
Calli Ann Mccloughan, a 37-year old Prineville resident, has been positively identified as the deceased.
Shortly after 1 a.m. April 8, a small pickup driven by McCloughan was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 13 when, for unknown reasons, it drifted onto the shoulder. The pickup traveled about 200 feet, then veered back onto the road, crossed both lanes and struck a large juniper tree on the north side of the highway, OSP reported. The vehicle sheared the tree off at its base, continued eastbound, and hit a second tree before coming to rest about 15 feet off the highway.
The pickup caught fire and McCloughan was killed, troopers said.
OSP troopers from Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation. They were assisted at the scene by Crook County Sheriff’s deputies, Prineville Police Officers, and Crook County Fire Department personnel.
Oregon Department of Transportation detoured traffic around the accident scene before reopening Highway 126 about two hours later.