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Snow and Ice Cause Head-On Car Crash on Highway 26


Date: February 27, 2011
Location: U.S. Highway 26 East of Frog Lake Near Government Camp
Names: Jeri May Larrance Bafford, Stephanie Clanin, Aaron W. Kuper

Two residents of Central Oregon were injured when their pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic on icy Highway 26 east of Frog Lake near Government Camp.

News sources at KTVZ.com report that at approximately 5:20pm on February 27, Jeri May Larrance Bafford, age 20 of Madras, was driving a 1999 Toyota pickup truck heading west when she lost control on a curve packed with snow and ice. Bafford crossed into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on with a 1999 Honda CRV being driven by Stephanie Clanin, age 35 of Bend.

Bafford and her passenger, Aaron Kuper, age 23 of Redmond, were transported to St. Charles Medical Center-Bend. Firefighters had to pull Kuper from the pickup. Bafford was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in serious condition. Kuper was reported to be in fair condition. Both had been wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Clanin was not hurt; she was wearing a seatbelt, and her vehicle’s airbags deployed.

We send out positive thoughts and good wishes to Bafford and Kuper as they recuperate and recover from their injuries. We wish them a speedy recovery. We also hope that Clanin was not unduly traumatized by being involved in such a ‘close call’.

Even though spring is almost here, drivers still need to be alert for icy and snowy road conditions to prevent being involved in an Oregon car crash. Oregon State Police ask everyone to slow down, increase following distances so you can safely stop, stay alert and drive carefully. Potentially dangerous driving conditions are factoring into more traffic crashes.

if you are suffering because of a car crash and wondering what to do next, we offer free information, including how to find a good lawyer, how much your case might be worth, and our free book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case is available for Oregon residents and people who were in an accident in Oregon. Our Portland car accident lawyers also offer free consultations, and you can contact us if you have questions.