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Harney County crash marks deadly week on Eastern Oregon roadways

Eight people died in a head-on collision near Crane in Harney County Monday morning. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police).

VALE – Over a span of five days, 11 people were killed in traffic crashes across eastern Oregon, underscoring a lethal nexus that stretched from Baker City to Harney County.

On Monday, eight people died in a head-on collision south of Crane, according to the Oregon State Police.

Police said the crash occurred at about 10 a.m. near milepost 30 on Oregon Highway 78 when a white 1999 Toyota 4Runner going west veered into the eastbound lane and collided with a silver 2016 Toyota 4Runner.

Police said seven people in the 2016 Toyota 4Runner died at the scene. The driver of the 1999 Toyota 4Runner was also killed.

The state police haven . . .