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Injury Traffic Crash After Tree Falls Onto Highway 22E east of Salem
February 17, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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A Salem man was injured Monday morning along Highway 22E just east of Salem after his van crashed into a large tree that had fallen onto the highway. Several other trees reportedly fell in the area factoring into other crashes as the highway was blocked over an hour while workers removed the trees, cleared the debris, and had the vehicles towed from the scene.

Updated information indicates on February 17, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m., a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by JORGE NAVARRO-VALADEZ, age 56, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 22E near milepost 5 when the van collided with a large tree that fell across the highway blocking both lanes. NAVARRO-VALADEZ was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Other crashes were reported in the area related to fallen trees and debris caused by high winds and heavy rain. Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Fire District, and ODOT assisted at the scenes. One of the trees was reported approximately 5 feet in diameter.

OSP & ODOT urge drivers to watch for roadway debris, rocks, limbs and trees leaning toward or having fallen near or on our roads. High winds and rain are impacting some roads. Travelers using mountain passes should also check for possible chain / traction tire restrictions. Traffic updates for state highways and freeways available on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.