March 25, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into last Friday morning's three vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 22W just west of the intersection with Highway 51 west of Salem. OSP is seeking any other witnesses to the crash who have not spoken to an investigator, including any witnesses to driving by any of the involved vehicles prior to the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Senior Trooper Bridget Taylor at (503) 472-0294 ext. 255.
*** Previously released information ***
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.