From Oregon State Police news release
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Tuesday morning serious injury crash involving a van transporting ten contract wildland firefighters and a commercial truck on Highway 126E west of Prineville. Nine of the 10 people transported to area hospitals have been treated and released.
On July 10, 2012 at approximately 2:15 a.m. a 2000 Chevrolet van containing ten people was enroute to the John Day area responding to assist firefighting efforts at a wildland fire. The van driven by Jeremy A. Miesner, age 35, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 12 negotiating a curve when Miesner fell asleep. The van drifted into the westbound lane and crashed into the left front side of a Freightliner truck driven by Scott Ramage, age 48, from Washington.
The van sustained major left side damage and all ten occupants were transported to three different hospitals. The truck’s driver and 39-year old male sleeping passenger were not injured.
Subsequent to the initial investigation, Miesner was cited by OSP for Failure to Drive Within a Lane. Trooper Todd Burke is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Fire & Rescue, LifeFlight, Air Link, and ambulances from the city of Redmond and Jefferson County.
Transported by ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville where they were treated and released for minor injuries: Miesner, Christopher Reed, age 29, from Sheridan; Rogelia Saimc, age 22, from Salem; Jesus Medera, age 38, from Independence.
Transported by air ambulance and ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend: Pedro Lemus Ramos, age 37, from Salem, treated and released for minor injuries; Manuel Perez Abriz, age 40, from Salem, treated and released for minor injuries; Marcelino Cuesta Romero, age 39, city of residence unknown, is in critical condition.
Transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond where they were treated and released for minor injuries: Jovita Romero, age 36, from Woodburn; Jose Salas, age 20, from Salem; Jerson Mendoza, age 33, from Salem.
According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, the fire crew works for Lava River Forestry out of Salem. They were enroute to assist firefighting efforts at the Briley Mountain Fire.
July 10, 2012 – 8:10 a.m.
Oregon State Police are investigating a head-on collision early Tuesday morning near Prineville. About 2:20 a.m., a van carrying several people collided with a commercial truck on Highway 126E. Five people were transported to hospitals for injuries, some of which are serious. The highway was closed for over an hour, but later re-opened one lane.