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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 51 south of Highway 22
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday morning's fatal traffic crash on Highway 51 about one mile south of the Highway 22 junction west of Salem. Three vehicles were involved and two people died. All names except the deceased passenger's name are being released.
On November 21, 2008 at approximately 6:45 a.m. a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by VICTOR RAMOS-TORRES, age 20, from Independence, was southbound on Highway 51 near milepost 1. A witness told investigators the Nissan was in the process of attempting to pass another vehicle in foggy conditions when it encountered a northbound 2004 Ford F150 pickup. The Nissan lost control and slid broadside into the northbound lane where it was struck in the driver's side by the pickup.
The Nissan subsequently caught fire and both occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene. The deceased male passenger has not been positively identified. Both were believed to be using safety restraints.
The impact caused a canopy on the pickup to eject into the air and crash into the windshield of a southbound 1999 Honda Accord driven by JERONIMO CALDERON-AGUILAR, age 25, from Salem.
The Ford pickup's driver, NORMAN RAY COLLINS, age 56, from Monmouth, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Salem Hospital. Safety restraint use is pending confirmation and the pickup's airbags deployed.
CALDERON-AGUILAR was using safety restraints and received minor injuries. He was also transported to Salem Hospital.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. ODOT, Polk County Fire District 1 and Salem Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Highway 51 was closed at the scene for approximately 5 hours.