April 25, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County medical examiner, is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred in the northbound lanes about two miles north of Woodburn. Initial investigation indicates the pedestrian intentionally moved into the truck's path resulting in his death. The victim's name is released in this update.
On April 25, 2014 at approximately 5:47 a.m., a representative of Pacific Sanitation Company notified OSP Northern Command Center dispatch that one of their drivers struck a pedestrian in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the ODOT truck weigh station. OSP, Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department, and ODOT responded to the scene where the deceased adult male pedestrian was found lying in the right northbound lane. The involved truck stopped on the right northbound shoulder about a quarter mile north of the victim near the entrance to the ODOT weigh station near milepost 274.
The truck pulling a trailer driven by ALBERT McCORMICK JR, age 63, from Stayton, was northbound in the right hand lane approaching a red sport utility vehicle stopped on the right shoulder. As the truck got closer, the victim stepped into the right traffic lane so McCORMICK moved toward the center lane. The victim then moved toward the center lane and was sideswiped by the truck.
The victim is identified as JOSEPH LEE LOCKE, age 50, from Gervais, Oregon.
All lanes were temporarily blocked for about fifteen minutes. After emergency responders arrived on scene, at about 6:02 a.m. the left northbound lane was opened for traffic. With ODOT's help, two lanes for traffic were utilized using the left inside shoulder as a lane to help more traffic move past the scene.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Since an earlier request to hear from potential witnesses was reported by media, OSP has heard from other citizens who are providing helpful information for the investigation. Senior Trooper Craig Ball is the lead investigator.
All lanes were opened by 10:00 a.m.
Help is available in Marion County for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.
The Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day at 1118 Oak Street in Salem. You may also call them at (503) 585-4949.
If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit or call the Psychiatric Crisis Center. It is open 24 hours a day and people are seen on a first come/first served basis – no appointment necessary and no payment is required.
NW Human Services Hotline is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 581-5535.
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