The investigation into the cause of a single motor vehicle crash, which resulted in the death of the vehicle's driver and the critical injury to the passenger along Interstate 5 northbound at MP 248 in Marion County, Oregon is continuing.
Next of kin notification for the deceased is pending.
Investigation at the scene of the crash revealed that at 3:05 p.m. the vehicle - a silver 2003 Ford pick up driven by the decedent - was originally southbound on Enchanted Way (a State Highway, which is adjacent to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5) at a high rate of speed, when the driver of the Ford pickup passed a slower vehicle headed in the same direction. The Ford pickup driven by the decedent entered the gravel shoulder where the driver lost control and entered the grass median between Enchanted Way and I-5. Here the vehicle rolled several times before it came to rest against the general concrete barrier next to the northbound lanes of I-5.
The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and the passenger was taken to a local hospital. It is unknown at this time if the occupants were using safety restraints.
Upon completion of the next of kin notification, the identities of the driver and passenger will be released.