UPDATE Monday 11:17 a.m.: Police identified Andres Alonzo-Canil, 41, and Miguel Alonzo-Lucas, 39, as two of the passengers who died in the collision. Deputies are still working to confirm the identity of the third deceased passenger. Three other passengers from the van are still in area hospitals, one of which remains in critical condition.
Pablo Gaspar-Ezequiel, 35, has been identified as the driver of the Chevrolet passenger van and Cory Kudna, 18, has been identified as the driver of the F-350.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the van was transporting a group of Christmas tree workers from Guatemala.
Investigators from the Marion County CRASH Team are continuing to investigate the events leading up to the collision. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to and reviewed by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
Original story below.
Three people are dead and 11 injured after a pickup truck and a passenger van collided Friday night in east Salem, according to Marion County Fire District 1.
The agency said the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Cordon and Sunnyview Roads. According to the fire district, the T-bone collision involved a passenger van with 13 people.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement the accident involved an F-350 Ford pickup truck and a Chevrolet passenger van. In an update Saturday morning, the sheriff's department said that a preliminary investigation "indicates the driver of the F-350 was traveling westbound on Sunnyview Road Northeast prior to the crash. The Chevrolet passenger van was traveling eastbound and made a left hand turn in front of the F-350, which resulted in the collision."
The agency said both drivers were cooperating with police.
Three in the van died, two were reported in critical condition, three were in stable condition and four had minor injuries. Seven ambulances responded to the scene.
The sheriff's department said no information on the victims would be released until relatives could be notified.
This story will be updated as officials release more information.