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News Release
Passenger dies in traffic collision in South Salem (with correction) - 02/24/24


DATE: February 24, 2024

CONTACT: Salem Police Communications Office |


Passenger dies in traffic collision in South Salem (Correction)

Published 02/24/2024 | 7:45 p.m

Correction:  This is actually the fourth traffic fatality of 2024 not the third as originally stated.



Published 02/24/2024 | 6:45 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — Just before 5:30 p.m. on February 23, emergency responders were called to the intersection of 12th St SE and Oakhill Av SE on a call of a three-vehicle motor vehicle collision.

The preliminary investigation indicated a black Audi A6 was south bound on 12th St SE. A black BMW passenger vehicle, driven by Martin Lorin, proceeded west bound onto 12th St SE from Oakhill Av SE and was struck by the Audi.

The impact resulted in the BMW colliding with a Subaru that had been stopped on the west side of the intersection. A total of seven people were involved in the crash, with four of those person’s ultimately being transported to Salem Hospital.

One of those transported was Lynda Bush, age 81, who had been a passenger in the BMW at the time of the crash. The seriousness of Lynda’s injuries was not immediately known and sometime after arriving at Salem Hospital, Lynda succumbed to those injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the BMW was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. The Traffic Team will handle any follow up investigation.

This is the third traffic fatality of 2024.

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