MADRAS, Ore. - Two people suffered injuries when their car left the highway and overturned Tuesday afternoon.
The crash happend about 8 miles west of Madras on Oregon Highway 26. Just before 1 p.m., a 2003 Oldsmobile 4-door driven by Hazel Marie Wahpat, 57, of Warm Springs went off the road onto the gravel shoulder, Oregon State Police said. Wahpat tried steering back onto the highway but lost control of the car. The car overturned at least once before coming to rest off the highway.
Wahpat and her passenger, Leon C. Chase, 41, of Warm Springs were taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Madras. State police said Wahpat was reportedly transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of serious injuries.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County Rural Fire Department, and Warm Springs Ambulance.
The crash happened in one of the locations where state police received an Oregon Department of Transportation grant to provide overtime enforcement hours to prevent such "roadway departure crashes."
A "roadway departure crash" is defined as a non-intersection crash which occurs after a vehicle crosses an edge line or a centerline, or otherwise leaves the traveled portion of the roadway. Examples include crashing head-on, sideswiping another vehicle, and traveling off the highway and rolling over or colliding with a fixed object.