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View of Union Pacific rail line which runs north and south
View of Union Pacific rail line which runs north and south
Traffic Team investigates fatal collision involving train, pedestrian -- FINAL UPDATE -- (Photo) - 08/09/22


DATE: August 9, 2022


Traffic Team investigates fatal collision involving train, pedestrian

Victim’s family located thanks to help from the public


Update 08/09/2022 | 6:00 p.m.

Next of kin notification in this incident has been completed thanks to help from the public.

“We appreciate all the assistance we received which made notification to Mr. Crossman’s family possible,” said Sgt. Scott Kofoid of the Salem Police Traffic Team. Members of the public provided tips and information from various types of Internet and genealogy searches.

We are also grateful to the news outlets who helped by sharing information about our need to locate Mr. Crossman’s family. 

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Request for assistance to locate victim’s family


Update 08/08/2022 | 12:00 p.m.

The victim in this incident is identified as Wesley James Crossman, age 55. 

Salem Police Traffic Team investigators have been unable to locate Mr. Crossman’s direct family to notify them of his death.

If you know Mr. Crossman and know his family, or have a way to contact them, please call the Traffic Team at 503-588-6293.

Thank you.

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Originally published 08/02/2022 | 3:00 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — An early morning collision along the Union Pacific (UP) rail line in southeast Salem resulted in a fatality.

Emergency responders were called to the area of 14th and Hines STS SE just after 6:00 a.m. today on the report of a train striking a man walking along the railroad tracks. 

The Salem Police Traffic Team’s preliminary investigation indicates the person was walking along the track as the northbound train approached. The rail crew sounded the horn and attempted to stop the train but could not avoid the collision. The man was declared deceased at the scene.

The name of the decedent will not be released pending notification to the family.

Due to the length of the train, traffic impacts occurred where the UP tracks cross at about the 1400 block of Hines ST SE and also at McGilchrist ST SE where the line runs parallel to Pringle RD SE. The train was released from the scene by UP officials at approximately 11:00 a.m.

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Midnight shooting incident leaves two wounded and one teen arrested - 08/08/22


DATE: August 8, 2022


Midnight shooting incident leaves two wounded and one teen arrested


Salem, Ore. — Salem Police detectives have arrested a 17-year-old, male juvenile in a shooting incident which occurred today in the 3300 block of D Street NE.

Just after 12:00 a.m., August 8, 2022, patrol officers responded to the report of a shooting at an apartment complex. Arriving officers located a 24-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl with gunshot wounds. The two victims were treated by paramedics at the scene, and subsequently transported to Salem Health with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses provided suspect descriptions of two teens involved in the incident which helped officers who scoured the area in search. Officers located two male juveniles who matched the descriptions given nearby.

Salem Police detectives investigating the case arrested one of the juveniles detained who was then lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Attempted murder, two counts
  • Assault, two counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

The Salem Police Department does not release the names of minors involved in criminal investigations.

All further inquiries on this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Detectives investigate shooting death -- UPDATE -- Victim identified (Photo) - 07/28/22


DATE: July 28, 2022

Update 07/28/2022 |12:15 p.m.

Next of kin notification has been made to the family of the victim. She is identified as Marcie Ann Harris, age 42, of Salem.

There are no further updates in this homicide investigation.

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Original press release published 07/21/2022 

Salem, Ore. — Today, July 21, 2022 at approximately 6:45 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to the report of a welfare check in the 3300 block of Portland RD NE. 

Officers discovered a deceased woman slumped over inside a vehicle. Detectives from the Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit were called to the scene to assume the investigation.

The preliminary investigation shows the woman died as a result of gun violence. “Our detectives are working diligently on this case. At this time there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the public,” said acting-in-capacity Deputy Chief Michael Bennett who currently oversees the Investigations Division.

Investigators are working all available leads, and no further information is available for release. 

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