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Oregon State Police Continues Fatal Crash InvestigationSalem-News.com
Northbound lanes were blocked until 3:50 p.m.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's two vehicle fatal traffic crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about one mile south of Market Street in Salem. One driver was killed and a second driver received minor injuries. The deceased driver's name will be released later this evening.
According to OSP Trooper Jennifer Johnson, on September 25, 2010 at approximately 12:30 p.m. a 1997 Honda del Sol driven by a 30-year old female was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 255 in the left lane. The Honda attempted to move into the center lane at the same time another vehicle was attempting to move from the right lane to the center lane. Both drivers veered back toward their lanes. The Honda's driver lost control and over-corrected, crossing the raised center median into the inside northbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. After impact, the Chevrolet flipped onto its top and skidded until it stopped in the right northbound lane.
A Salem police officer was on a traffic stop and witnessed the Honda cross the median. The officer ran over to the crash scene and found the Honda's driver deceased.
The Chevrolet's driver, 63-year old Michael D. Connor of Salem, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with minor injuries.
The crash blocked all northbound lanes until 3:50 p.m. The right shoulder was opened at about 2:15 p.m. to northbound traffic.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, and the Marion County Medical Examiner assisted at the scene. ODOT handled traffic control and detour duties.
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