Salem Police Provide Update on Crash That Killed Four in Homeless Camp

The preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team suggests the driver of a two-door sports coupe was traveling northbound on Front St passing Union St when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into an unsheltered encampment pinning two individuals beneath the car. The camp was located at the corner where Front St NE intersects with the Front St business route known as OR99E.

Two individuals died at the scene. Four people from the encampment were transported to Salem Health with life-threatening injuries, two of whom later died at the hospital. The driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle, was also transported for medical treatment. 

The exact number of individuals and tents at the encampment is not known. 

Officers helped several uninjured campers collect some of their belongings and provided shelter assistance. Three individuals were taken to a local motel. The City of Salem’s homeless advocacy partners were also contacted in an effort to get the members of our unsheltered community connected to needed resources as a result this tragedy.

No arrests have been made at this point; however, the Salem Police Traffic Team is actively investigating the circumstances and believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

None of the individuals involved are being named pending notification to family members.

Courtesy of Salem Police

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