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3/22 BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident claims life of Dallas woman

POLK COUNTY -- A Dallas woman died and two people were seriously injured Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 22 just west of its intersection with Highway 51 near Independence.

A three-vehicle accident Friday morning west of the Hwy 22/51 intersection claimed the life of a Dallas woman.

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A three-vehicle accident Friday morning west of the Hwy 22/51 intersection claimed the life of a Dallas woman.

March 22, 2013

POLK COUNTY -- A Dallas woman died and two people were seriously injured Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 22 just west of its intersection with Highway 51 near Independence.

According to Oregon State Police, at about 7:12 a.m. a Chevrolet pickup was westbound on the highway when it crossed the center line.

Two vehicles in the eastbound lanes, a Toyota 4Runner traveling in the left lane and a Honda Accord traveling in the right lane moved right to avoid a collision. However, the three cars crashed and came to rest in the eastbound lanes. All three vehicles suffered heavy damage.

Emily Sue Campbell, 32, the driver of the Honda, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was an English teacher at North Salem High School, according to police.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Agapito Escutia-Chacon, 60, of Gervais, and the driver of the 4Runner, Mark D. Barnhart Jr., 35, of Falls City were injured in the accident. They were taken to Salem Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

Grief counseling for students and staff will be available on Monday at 10 a.m. in the North Salem High School Library at 765 14th St. NE, Salem.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to OSP spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Senior Trooper Andrew Goffrier is the lead investigator, with troopers from Albany and McMinnville assisting.

Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the scene to assist. The eastbound lanes were closed for more than four hours.

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