Two dead after driver veers to miss deer on Hwy 20

SISTERS, Ore. --Two people died in a crash after a driver veered into oncoming traffic just before noon Saturday to avoid hitting a deer on Highway 20, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials reported that a car collided with a pickup truck about a mile west of Sisters on Hwy 20 (126) at milepost 99

Deputies reported that the 23-year-old driver of the sedan, Austin McNelis, and his 18-year-old passenger Kayla Basham, died at the scene.

The sheriff's office said that McNelis veered to avoid hitting a deer, lost control on the wet roadway and slid into oncoming traffic in front of the pickup.

Two of the five people inside the pickup received minor injuries in the crash.

Part of the highway is blocked about a mile west of Sisters and drivers should expect delays in the area, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.