TREES ARE COMING DOWN ONTO ROADWAYS THROUGHOUT THE COASTAL MOUNTAIN REGION – MORE WIND/RAIN ON THE WAY
A Salem man was injured Monday morning along Highway 22E just east of Salem after his van crashed into a large tree that had fallen onto the highway. Other trees fell in the area causing other crashes. Highway 22E was blocked for over an hour while workers removed the trees, cleared the debris and had the vehicles towed away.
At approximately 5:10 AM, a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by JORGE NAVARRO-VALADEZ, age 56, from Salem, was eastbound on Highway 22E near milepost 5 when the van collided with a large tree that had fallen across the highway blocking both lanes. NAVARRO-VALADEZ was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Other crashes were reported in the area that were caused by fallen trees and debris caused by high winds and heavy rain. One of the trees was reported approximately 5 feet in diameter.
OSP & ODOT urge drivers to watch for roadway debris, rocks, limbs and trees leaning toward or having fallen near or on roads and highways. More high winds and rain are forecasted over the next 24 hours. Travelers using mountain passes should also check for possible chain or traction tire requirements. Traffic updates for state highways and freeways are available on ODOT’s website TripCheck.com or Click Here.