UPDATE: Central Point man seriously injured in Highway 140 crash

UPDATE: Central Point man seriously injured in Highway 140 crash

A Central Point man was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries following an afternoon traffic crash Tuesday, July 24, along Highway 140, 22 miles west of Klamath Falls, police said in a news release.

The crash closed the highway for one hour, followed by restricting traffic to one lane for the next three hours.

Charles Whittington, 72, and Thomas Bocast, 58, of Central Point, and Tony Pruitt, 51, of White City were riding in a van driven by Samuel Oetinger III, 69, also of Central Point, at 1:29 p.m. near milepost 45.

Halie Budden, 19, of Klamath Falls, turned her 1993 Ford Tempo in front of the eastbound van (correction: the direction the van was traveling has been corrected) when both vehicles struck. Both vehicles came to rest in a ditch off the highway.

Budden, who was wearing her seatbelt, was transported to Providence Medical Center by Mercy Flights. She is listed in fair condition, hospital officials said.

Sgt. Robert Fenner of Oregon State Police said Budden could receive a citation for careless driving.

Whittington and Bocast were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center with serious injuries. Hospital officials said Bocast was treated and released. Whittington is still listed in serious condition. Both men were wearing their seatbelts. This portion of the story has been updated.

Oetinger III and Pruitt were also transported to Sky Lakes for minor injuries.

OSP, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Harriman Rural Fire Department, Klamath County Fire District No. 4 and Oregon Department of Transportation officials were on scene following the crash.

The incident is still under investigation by OSP.

— Ryan Pfeil

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