Police: Avalanche causes fiery 4-car crash

LA PINE, Ore. - An out-of-control Chevy Avalanche pushed the car ahead of it into a third car before crashing into an oncoming car in a fiery 4-car crash Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

The driver of the oncoming van was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The other three drivers were not injured.

The crash happened at 1:45 p.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup driven by Frances J. Sittel,, 62, from La Pine, lost control on the snow and ice-covered highway and crashed into a 2005 Toyota Corolla ahead of it, police said.

The impact pushed the Toyota intoa 2012 Kia Sportage sport utility vehicle.

The Chevrolet then spun sideways into the northbound lane where it crashed into a northbound 1998 Chrysler van driven by Lisa A. Stewart, 48, of Bend.

The van caught fire in the middle of the highway. Steward was able to get out before La Pine firefighters arrived. She was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for non-life threatening injuries.

The Chevrolet Avalanche came to rest off the highway in a snow bank. The other two vehicles came to rest with minor damage.

The other three drivers - Sittel, Michelle L. Keefer, 37, of Roseburg in the Toyota and Danny A. Lowery, 72, of La Pine in the Kia -- were not injured, police said.