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Driver Cited After Crashing into OSP Patrol Vehicle in Salem Area
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) recruit trooper was uninjured after his parked patrol vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle at the scene of an earlier traffic crash on Interstate 5 in the south Salem area.
On December 22, 2008 at approximately 7:30 p.m. OSP Recruit Trooper Kyle Olson had arrived at the scene of a crash involving two commercial vehicles northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 251 blocking the right lane. The Ford Expedition patrol vehicle was positioned about 50 feet behind the crash scene in the right lane with emergency lights activated. After contacting the involved drivers, Olson returned to the patrol vehicle and was seated inside when a northbound 1990 Chevrolet van lost control.
The van slid from the left to the right lane and crashed into the back of the OSP patrol vehicle. No injuries were sustained by any occupants.
Salem police responded to investigate the crash. The van's driver, JOSE GUADALLIPE LOPEZ, age unknown, from Long Beach, California, was cited for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured.
Northbound Interstate 5 traffic was restricted to one lane for about 1 1/2 hours.