Fatal Accident East Of Mt. Angel Kills One.

Press release from MCSO today:

A few minutes after 1:00 pm, on May 3rd, 2020, emergency crews were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Marquam Road NE near Meridian Road NE, east of Mt. Angel. The crash involved a Volvo and a Chevrolet Silverado. The Volvo had two occupants in it at the time of the crash. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The Chevrolet Silverado was occupied by four people, none of whom sustained serious injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash, initial information indicates the driver of the Volvo was going east on Marquam Road and pulled out in front of the Chevrolet Silverado which was traveling northbound on Meridian Road. Investigators have not ruled out driver impairment as a contributing factor to the crash. No determination regarding criminal charges has been made at this time.

Due to this being an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mt. Angel Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Mt. Angel Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office and Marion County Public Works during this incident.


Two Alarm Barn Fire West Of Silverton With Secondary Explosions. Law Enforcement Requested. Avoid the Area.

Fire Departments from multiple agencies in North Marion County are on the scene of a barn fire on Silverton Hwy (213) just west of Silverton. A second alarm has been called due to secondary explosions. Law enforcement has been requested with an expedited response to protect firefighters.

Watch out for emergency vehicles and avoid the area.

Marion County Sheriff Releases Details Of Fatal Aurora Crash.

Press release this evening from MCSO:

April 16th, 2020, at approximately 7:00 am, a 911 call was received reporting a serious motor vehicle crash in the 13000 block of Ehlen Road NE, in northern Marion County. It was reported a motorcyclist had collided with a trailer being towed by a semi-tractor and the rider had sustained significant injuries. The motorcyclist did not survive the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the involved semi-tractor was not injured.

Investigators from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Team responded to the scene. Crash scene investigators learned the semi-tractor was traveling eastbound on Ehlen Road NE while pulling two empty flat-bed trailers. The motorcyclist was also traveling eastbound and struck the back of the rear trailer at highway speeds. At the time the crash occurred, the rider was traveling directly toward the sun, which may have limited the visibility of the rider. The driver of the semi-tractor remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. No citations have been issued as a result of the collision.

The identity of the deceased motorcyclist is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

We would like to thank the Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, Marion County Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation, and American Medical Response for their assistance.

Separate Crashes In French Prairie Today Kill 1 And Injure Another.


First responders had to deal with two serious crashes today about 3 hours apart.  The first, on Ehlen Road east of Dolores Way in Aurora, involved a motorcyclist and a semi-truck, and resulted in a fatality.  Ehlen Road was closed while police investigated.


The second, on Marthaler Lane near Gervais, was a single car rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries.

Please remember that only essential travel is allowed in Oregon due to the health emergency. If you must travel, drive safely.

(Photos courtesy of MCSO.)

Utility Terrain Vehicle Accident April 2 Near St. Paul Results In Fatality.

Press Release from the Marion County Sheriff today:

On April 2nd, 2020, at approximately 8:19 pm deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 21000 block of River Road N to a roll over crash in a farm field involving a utility terrain vehicle.  When personnel from the St. Paul Fire District arrived on scene they discovered the UTV had two occupants at the time of the crash.  Given the serious nature of the crash, Woodburn Ambulance and Life Flight were called to the scene. 

The passenger in the UTV was transported to an area hospital by Life Flight.  It has been determined their injuries are not life threatening.  The driver of the UTV was pronounced as deceased at the scene as a result of injuries they sustained during the crash.

The deceased driver in the crash has been identified as Thomas Kelly, 56, of St. Paul.

Deputies investigating the crash learned the UTV had been traveling at a high rate of speed across the field prior to losing control, rolling the UTV.  No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the St. Paul Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, and Life Flight for their assistance during this response.