Silverton man killed in head-on crash on Hwy 97 near La Pine

Police investigate a fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Ford Ranger on Highway 97 just north of La Pine, Oregon. (Photo: Oregon State Police)

LA PINE, Ore. - A Silverton man died when his pickup crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a semi on Highway 97 Monday afternoon.

Frederick Holmes Winkler, 69, died at the scene, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers say Winkler's 1998 Ford Ranger crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2015 Kenworth truck hauling 5,000 gallons of apple juice.

The driver of the semi was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries, police said.

Investigators do not know why Winkler's vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Hwy 97 near Burgess Road, north of La Pine.

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