March 22, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
On March 22, 2013 at approximately 7:12 a.m., a Chevrolet pickup driven by AGAPITO ESCUTIA-CHACON, age 60, from Gervais, was westbound on Highway 22W when it crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane. Two eastbound vehicles, a Toyota 4Runner traveling in the left lane driven by MARK D. BARNHART JR, age 35, from Falls City, and a Honda Accord traveling in the right lane driven by EMILY SUE CAMPBELL, age 32, from Dallas, both moved to the right side of the eastbound lanes in an attempt to avoid a collision. The three vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes and came to rest along the eastbound lanes of the highway.
CAMPBELL, who was an English teacher at North Salem High School, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.
ESCUTIA-CHACON and BARNHART were transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. Their injuries were serious but non-life threatening. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Senior Trooper Andrew Goffrier is the lead investigator. OSP troopers from Albany and McMinnville are also assisting.
Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT responded to the scene to assist. The eastbound lanes were closed over 4 hours.
According to Salem-Keizer School District, even though spring break has begun, there will be grief counseling for students and staff available at North Salem High School library Monday morning starting at 10:00 a.m. Salem-Keizer School District does not have a photograph of the victim they can release.