Jeep driver hits Salem disposal truck, dies

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The road closure at the scene is expected to last several hours

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fatal crash closed two Salem streets to traffic for hours on Monday afternoon as authorities investigated and cleared the scene.

Police were called out to a report of a crash at Mission St and 25th St SE just before 2 p.m. When they arrived they found that a Jeep SUV had collided with a Republic Services disposal truck.

The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene, said Salem Police. The driver of the disposal truck was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

26-year-old Landon Oliverson, a Salem-area resident, was identified by police as the driver who died in the crash.

Authorities said their preliminary investigation found that the Jeep had been speeding and driving recklessly up northbound lanes on 25th St SE. That continued until the Jeep ran a red light on Mission St. Police said the Republic Services truck was driving east on Mission St. and wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

Mission Street and 25th Street was closed to through-traffic for roughly 7 hours Monday afternoon. Commuters were rerouted around the intersection or asked to avoid the area entirely as police conducted a crash investigation, cleared the road of spilled diesel fuel and picked up garbage from the disposal truck involved in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reopened the intersection just before 9 p.m. Monday night.

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