The crash happened at about 8:00 am on Highway 39 and Dehlinger Lane.
Oregon State Police say a truck driven by Edgar Viets of Klamath Falls pulled out in front of a north bound Ford Bronco.
Richard Barnett of Merrill was unable to stop, and crashed into the driver’s side door.
Both men were taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Viets was initially listed in ‘critical’ condition, before being transported to a Bend hospital.
Barnett was treated, and later released.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.