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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 22E at Detroit Lake in Marion County

July 14, 2013

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

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An adult male died late Saturday night after losing control of his pickup along Highway 22E and traveled off the highway into Detroit Lake in Marion County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash.

On July 13, 2013 at approximately 11:57 p.m., a 2005 Ford F150 pickup driven by MICHAEL JOSEPH FISCHER JR, age 35, from Salem, was westbound on Highway 22E near milepost 47. For an unknown reason, FISCHER lost control and the pickup crossed the highway where it went down a steep embankment into Detroit Lake and submerged under the water's surface. The crash was witnessed by people traveling eastbound.

Emergency personnel from OSP, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District, Lyons Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT responded to the scene.

About an hour after the crash occurred, two OSP troopers who responded to the scene removed their duty gear and entered the water. They found the pickup's occupant submerged about 15 feet under water inside the cab showing no sign of life. The troopers then hooked the end of a tow truck winch onto the pickup so it could be pulled out of the water up to the road. The victim was confirmed deceased inside the pickup.

Boats from OSP and Marion County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

Trooper Michael Lacer is the lead investigator.


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