On Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at approximately 6:00 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 99E and Topaz St.
Preliminary investigation reveals that Ford F350, operated by Alex Kalugin (52) of Salem, was stopped on Hwy 99E, waiting for northbound traffic to clear, so he could turn left onto Topaz St. when it was struck from behind by a Dodge Van operated by Delores Sams (81) of Brooks
Sams sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.
Kalugin sustained minor injuries.
Hwy 99E was closed for approximately 2.5 hours..
OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Fire District #1, and ODOT.
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