Driver, 81, rear-ends pickup, dies on Hwy 99E


Delores Sams died at the scene on Hwy 99E at Topaz Street

A Marion County Fire District #1 truck at the scene of a fatal crash, Dec. 18, 2019. (Marion County Fire District #1)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An 81-year-old driver died when her van slammed into the back of a Ford F-350 pickup waiting to turn left from Hwy 99E Wednesday night.

Delores Sams rear-ended the pickup around 6 p.m. as it was stopped for traffic to clear before turning onto Topaz Street NE, the Oregon State Police said. Both vehicles were badly damaged, but Sams was pinned inside her Dodge van.

The Brooks resident died at the scene. The Ford driver, 52-year-old Alex Kalugin of Salem, suffered minor injuries.

Highway 99 was closed for an investigation for more than 2 hours as traffic was diverted at Waconda Road NE and Brooklake Road NE.

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