Vancouver woman seriously injured in Oregon crash

Her car collided head-on with a truck on Highway 26 near Madras

By Stevie Mathieu, Columbian assistant metro editor


photoA 27-year-old Vancouver woman was seriously injured Sunday in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 26 near Madras, Ore., according to police. (Oregon State Police)

A Vancouver woman suffered serious injuries today after the car she was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck on Highway 26 west of Madras, Ore., according to Oregon State Police. Two passengers in her vehicle, one a Vancouver man, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Police said a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Alexis Bennett, 27, of Vancouver was traveling west on Highway 26 at about noon when an eastbound 2000 Ford pickup crossed the center line and struck Bennett's car.

Bennett was transported by air to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Ore. She was listed in critical condition this evening.

Her two passengers, 40-year-old Timothy Weeks of Vancouver and 26-year-old Katherine Perdue of Simi Valley, Calif., were driven by ambulance to St. Charles Madras.

The driver of the pickup, Danielle M. Thompson, 39, of Redmond was checked at the scene for minor injuries, police said.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend are investigating the cause of the crash.