Deadly crash closes Hwy 221 in both directions south of Dayton

Photo provided by Oregon State Police.

NEAR DAYTON, OR (KPTV) – Three people, one a juvenile, died late Monday morning in a crash along Highway 221, according to Oregon State Police.

According to investigators, Krista Ashley, 33, of Salem, was driving a gray 2004 Volkswagen Passat north on the highway south of Dayton when she crossed into southbound traffic for unknown reasons, crashing into a black 2019 Chevy Cruz.

The driver of that car, Susie Valdez, 69, of Salem, and her passenger, Robert Valdez, 70, of Salem, died at the scene near milepost 10.5, OSP says.

Ashley was transported to Salem Hospital, along with three passengers who were inside her car at the time of the crash. One of the passengers, a juvenile female, died at the hospital, according to OSP.

Ashley and the two other occupants were transported with serious injuries.

Highway 221 was closed for more than four hours while authorities were on scene.

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