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Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's two vehicle fatal traffic crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about one mile south of Market Street in Salem. An Albany-area woman was killed and a second driver received minor injuries.
According to OSP Trooper Jennifer Johnson, on September 25, 2010 at approximately 12:30 p.m. a 1997 Honda del Sol driven by NICOLE RENEE TABOR, age 30, from Albany, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 255 in the left lane. The Honda attempted to move into the center lane at the same time another vehicle was attempting to move from the right lane to the center lane. Both drivers veered back toward their lanes. The Honda's driver lost control and over-corrected, crossing the raised center median into the inside northbound lane where it collided head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban. After impact, the Chevrolet flipped onto its top and skidded until it stopped in the right northbound lane.
A Salem police officer was on a traffic stop and witnessed the Honda cross the median. The officer ran over to the crash scene and found TABOR deceased. She was using safety restraints. A dog in her car ran from the crash but was found and taken to a local veterinarian for safe keeping until her family can come and get it.
The Chevrolet's driver, MICHAEL D. CONNOR, age 63, from Salem, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. He was using safety restraints.
The crash blocked all northbound lanes until 3:50 p.m. The right shoulder was opened at about 2:15 p.m. to northbound traffic.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department, and the Marion County Medical Examiner assisted at the scene. ODOT handled traffic control and detour duties.