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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 north of Albany
Lieutenant Mark Cotter
Oregon State Police - Albany
Office: (541) 967-2112
Secondary Contact:
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash north of Albany along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. The male victim driver was transporting the injured female student passenger for the Greater Albany Public School District 8J related to a special program in the Salem/Keizer school district.
On June 11, 2009 at approximately 1:15 p.m. a 2006 Ford E150 van registered to the Greater Albany Public School District 8J was driven by JAMES PAUL MARLOWE JR., age 61, from Albany, southbound on Interstate 5 passing the off ramp at the Jefferson interchange (Exit 237). For an unknown reason the van traveled off the right shoulder into a grassy area where it struck a dirt embankment and went airborne. The van's roof struck an overpass cement pillar and came to rest on its wheels facing north on the southbound shoulder.
MARLOWE was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was using safety restraints. Next of kin notification was completed with the help of Chaplain Todd Pynch from Crisis Chaplaincy Service.
Passenger, LEVI BROWN, age 17, from Albany, was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints.
Jefferson Fire District personnel, Linn County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted at the scene. Traffic was restricted to one lane for about one hour before all lanes were re-opened.
An Albany school district representative responded to the scene to assist with the OSP investigation conducted by troopers from Albany and Salem offices.
Questions for the Greater Albany Public School District 8J should be directed to Superintendent Maria Delapoer at (541) 967-4511.