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Driver Arrested Following Serious Injury Crash Near Woodburn

Police aren't sure if the cars had slowed or stopped on the freeway just before impact.

Crash scene on I-5 in Oregon, 2-3-08
Photo of crash scene: Oregon State Police

(WOODBURN, Ore.) - Police say a Salem-area man was arrested early Sunday morning following a four vehicle alcohol-involved injury crash southbound Interstate 5 about three miles south of Woodburn. One person was critically injured and four others received non-life threatening injuries, including the arrested driver who has been lodged in Marion County Jail.

Oregon State Police say their investigation indicates that Saturday at approximately 1:00 AM, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala driven by 22-year old Julio Salcido-Dominguez of Salem, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 268 in the left lane when it crashed into the back of 1992 Honda Civic driven by 18-year old Jesus Bustos of Salem.

The initial impact forced the Honda Civic into the rear of a 2004 Volkswagen GTI driven by 20-year old Luis Valencia of Salem, which in turn crashed into another 1992 Honda Civic driven by 19-year old Ricardo Zarco-Arellano of Salem.

OSP troopers are continuing the investigation to confirm if the two Honda Civics and Volkswagen GTI were stopped or had slowed for an unknown reason.

Salcido-Dominguez was transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. After treatment, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in Marion County Jail for DUII, eight counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and three counts of Assault in the Second Degree.

A passenger in his car, 23-year old Jorge Torres-Rocha of Salem, was transported to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jesus Bustos was transported to Salem Hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. There were two passengers in his car including his 16-year old brother, Miguel Bustos, who has been transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) where he is in critical condition. The other passenger, 15-year old Christian Garivo, also of Salem, was transported to OHSU where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Valencia was not injured.

Zarco-Arellano and his passenger, 19-year old Diana Carranza of Salem, were not injured.

Police say safety restraint use information is still being determined for all occupants.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Woodburn Fire Department, ODOT, Keizer Ambulance, and Keizer Police Department assisted at the scene.

All lanes were closed about 30 minutes before one lane was reopened. All lanes were reopened about 6:00 AM.

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