92-year-old dies in fruit stand crash

One person died and five others hurt in a 3-vehicle crash in the 5700 block of Silverton NE in Marion County (Marion County Sheriff's Office)
One person died and five others hurt in a 3-vehicle crash in the 5700 block of Silverton NE in Marion County (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

MARION COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — One person died and five others were injured when three vehicles collided in Marion County Saturday afternoon.

The crash in the 5700 block of Silverton Road NE involved a Toyota Prius, a Toyota Tacoma and a Ford Thunderbird.

One person died and five others hurt in a 3-vehicle crash in the 5700 block of Silverton NE in Marion County (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

One person died and five others hurt in a three-vehicle crash in the 5700 block of Silverton NE in Marion County. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The Prius, driven by Valorie Johnson, was headed west on Silverton Road. The Thunderbird, with John and Tara Batch of Salem inside, was headed east but waiting to turn into a fruit stand.

The Tacoma, driven by Kirk Peter with a passenger, Meredith Barnes, hit the Thunderbird from behind and pushed it into the Prius.

The passenger in the Prius, Dorothy Dahl of Silverton, died in the collision. She was 92 years old.

Five of the six occupants involved in the crash were taken to local hospitals with varying degrees of injury. Deputies said a 3-month-old dog also was in one of the cars. That dog has gone missing.

Silverton Road was closed between Lardon Road NE and 64th Avenue NE while the Marion County Sheriff’s Office CRASH Team conducted a forensic investigation of the crash scene.

The investigation continues. No charges have been filed at this time.

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