Salem man dies in I-5 ‘chain reaction’ crash near Woodburn


Andrew Dutterer, 43, of Salem, was pronounced dead at the scene

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One passenger died in a multi-vehicle crash that closed northbound I-5 for hours near Woodburn Saturday afternoon.

A preliminary investigation revealed a semi truck rear-ended a Subaru slowing for heavy traffic, according to the Oregon State Police. Authorities said the collision caused a “chain reaction” involving a Ford pickup truck, a Honda CRV, a Cadillac XTS and a Chevrolet Suburban towing a boat.

Andrew Dutterer, 43, of Salem, was traveling as a passenger in the Subaru. Police said he died in the crash. The other drivers were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, OSP said.

Northbound lanes of I-5 were closed for about four and a half hours, authorities said.

ODOT officials said a detour was set up for northbound traffic because it was “an extended closure for a law enforcement investigation and reconstruction.”

The crash was near Milepost 277.

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