Car Crash between Portland and Salem Kills Two

Two children are dead and four people, including a child, injured following an Oregon car crash near Mt. Angel last weekend. According to the Salem Statesman-Journal the police are still investigating the circumstances of the accident, which took place at the intersection of Dominic and Meridian Roads in the town, which lies between Salem and Portland.

According to the newspaper, the Salem fatal car accident appears to have occurred when a Saturn traveling east on Dominic Road “was struck broadside by a 1998 Dodge Stratus traveling north on Meridian Road.” It noted that the intersection of Dominic and Meridian has stop signs in both directions.

Two boys, ages 9 and 12, who were traveling in the Saturn were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while their father, the Saturn’s driver, was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Police said that “a Silverton couple and their 9-year-old daughter in the Stratus were also injured.” None of the injury victims’ exact medical status was available at the time the newspaper went to press. The newspaper reported that crisis counselors were being sent to the schools attended by the younger victims.

The fact that so much destruction could result from a single collision at a single intersection is, indeed, sobering. Regardless of where police eventually determine the fault to lie, this terrible accident is a clear reminder of the importance of safe motoring and the need to hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions. A Portland or Salem car accident lawyer can help victims and survivors alike work through the trauma of a serious auto accident and offer valuable guidance and advice as they seek justice following tragedies such as these.

Salem Statesman-Journal: Two killed, four injured in crash near Mt. Angel