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Update: Victims Identified in January 30th Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 99E north of Salem
02/09/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The names of two victims killed January 30th in a traffic crash on Highway 99E north of Salem are being released following confirmation of next of kin notification to family members in Mexico. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation.

 
On January 30, 2009 at approximately 6:02 a.m. a report was received of a commercial truck in a ditch blocking Highway 99E near Barbara Avenue NE north of Salem. Within 3 minutes a second report was received of a serious traffic crash at that location. Emergency responders arrived and confirmed two people were killed and two others trapped in a pickup. The ongoing investigation indicates a 2005 Kenworth truck pulling a loaded semi-trailer was being operated northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 43 missed a turn for a delivery in the Salem area. The truck's driver was attempting to turn around to go southbound at the intersection with Scott Avenue NE when the truck slid into the ditch on the west side of the highway and became stuck. The semi-trailer was stopped across both Highway 99E lanes of travel.

 
Conditions were described as dark with heavy fog.

 
The truck's driver was standing outside on the south side of the truck to warn approaching traffic when his trailer was struck on the north side by a southbound 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with six occupants. The pickup crashed into the right center side of the semi-trailer and was partially lodged underneath.

 
The pickup's male driver, URY ISLAS-LIBRADO, age 17, and male right front passenger, ELISEO OJEDA-DELOSANTOS, age 23, both lived in the Woodburn area, were deceased at the scene.
 
Initial information and photograph links released following the crash is available on the OSP website.
 
OSP troopers and crash reconstructionists from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No enforcement action has been taken pending the completion of the investigation which will be reviewed with the Marion County District Attorney's Office.