Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Jefferson County

On Tuesday, November 16, 2022 at approximately 5:11 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a tw0-vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 76. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound red Chevrolet Silverado pickup, operated by Theodore Church (75) of Prineville, crossed into the on-coming northbound lane and collided with a white Freightliner CMV, operated by Wilhelm Moorecroft (65) of Cambridge, Ontario. 

Church sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Moorecraft was uninjured. 

Hwy 97 was affected for approximately 3 hours while the OSP Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the scene. 

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and ODOT.