Fatal head-on crash in Klamath County

Courtesy: Oregon State Police

[UPDATE 8:00 P.M.]

The victim in the fatal head-on crash has been identified as 19-year-old, Lauren Cantrell of Bend.

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On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a head-on fatal crash on Highway 97 near milepost 197 in Klamath County.

The investigation revealed that a white 2005 Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on Highway 97 drifted onto the southbound shoulder for unknown reasons.

The driver of the Jeep reportedly overcorrected and spun into the oncoming lane colliding with a 2014 grey Dodge Ram truck that was towing a travel trailer.

The 2014 Dodge Ram driver was 57-year old Janesville, California resident, Clarence Noblet, and his passenger was his spouse, 55-year old Laraine Noblet.

The driver of the Jeep Liberty was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the crash. Identity of the deceased will be released once the next of kin has been notified.

Clarence and Laraine Noblet were transported to a Bend area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Distracted driving and speed are believed to be factors in this crash.

Highway 97 was closed for about 4 hours as a result of the crash.

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