Fiery truck crash on Highway 97

Chiloquin, Ore. – Two truck drivers escaped serious injury following a fiery crash just south of Chiloquin early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened just after 3 in the morning on Highway 97.

State Police say a semi was stopped at a construction zone, when it was rear-ended at 55 miles an hour by another semi.

Trucker C. Mata Rigoberto of Tucson was treated for his injuries at Sky Lakes Medical Center, and was later released.

(Photo courtesy Shianne McGregor)

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.

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