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CHP Incident: Bend Oregon Woman Sustains Minor Injuries in Highway 395 Collision

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The California Highway Patrol has released details of an April 9th, two-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 395 south of Doyle and sent a Bend, Oregon, woman to Renown Medical Center in Reno with minor injuries.

According to the CHP report, 60-year old Bend, Oregon, resident Michelle Stapp was driving her 2007 Chevy Tahoe northbound on Highway 395, north of Hall Road, when she crossed over the center line into the southbound lane.

At the same time 35-year old Grants Pass, Oregon, resident Joshua Burk was traveling southbound on the highway and both drivers swerved to try and avoid a collision. The vehicles sideswiped each other, with Stapp’s Chevy Tahoe overturning onto the right shoulder before coming to rest.

The 2015 Ford F150 that Burk was driving ended up on its wheels on the right shoulder of the roadway.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.


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9 Responses to CHP Incident: Bend Oregon Woman Sustains Minor Injuries in Highway 395 Collision

  1. Denise Fowler Roberts

    Denise Fowler Roberts

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 11:22 am

    The biggest contributor to the increased number of head-on collisions between Hallelujah Junction and points north is the speed limit split that the CA legislature enacted because of semi accidents on the urban freeway structure. None of them live rurally and realize that there are far more miles of two-lane highway in California than multiple lanes. All this law did was create a worsening accident scenario that repeats over and over again. Whether one of these drivers was attempting to pass or not hasn’t yet been released but that’s the cause of most accidents in this area, passing vehicles that are required to go slower.

    • Audrey Trail

      Audrey Trail

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      From what I read, the woman crossed over and hit the pickup, nothing said about a semi truck being involved

    • Audrey Trail

      Audrey Trail

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      But I completely agree with you, people want to pass and it’s rarely safe on the road it’s blood alley

    • Denise Fowler Roberts

      Denise Fowler Roberts

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Not what I meant, Audrey. The speed limit split was enacted because of semi accidents. It’s created a dangerous situation because people try to pass anyone not doing at least 65mph. And I did note it was unknown if passing was involved.

    • Denise Fowler Roberts

      Denise Fowler Roberts

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      In the recent meetings with Cal-Trans about highway improvements, this was brought up as a causal factor. The CHP officer who was on hand for the meeting indicated that since that legislation was enacted, there has been a definitive increase in the number of head-on collisions on our roads, resulting in increased fatalities.

    • Audrey Trail

      Audrey Trail

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Denise Fowler Roberts oh I agree! Twits that have no idea about rural areas are making this crap up.

    • Denise Fowler Roberts

      Denise Fowler Roberts

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Urban dwellers that haven’t a clue about the state they represent. Some 70-80 percent of roadways in California are in rural areas and most are only two-lanes. We don’t have the political clout in these regions to overcome such stupidity.

    • Jason Johnson

      Jason Johnson

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Denise Fowler Roberts i think Mr Hammond has news about 395 he will be sharing at the next townhall I believe!!!

    • Denise Fowler Roberts

      Denise Fowler Roberts

      Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Yes, Jason, he said that was one of the topics up for discussion.

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