Pedestrian struck, killed trying to cross I-5 in Salem

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SALEM, Ore. -- Officials say a pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate 5 in Salem early Sunday morning.

The crash was reported at the Market Street exit. Police shut down two lanes of northbound traffic for several hours during the investigation

Around 5 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded on Interstate 5 just north of milepost 256.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Salem Police Department was dispatched to a report of a woman, identified Monday as 19-year-old Sofia Diaz-Piceno of Salem, causing a disturbance at a restaurant just east of the Market Street Interchange. Salem officers initially could not locate her. Shortly after, SPD was advised of something or someone being struck in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5.

SPD responded and determined it was the same female. Police say she had been struck by at least two vehicles as she apparently attempted to cross the freeway from the east side to the west.

Oregon State Police responded to investigate and it's an ongoing investigation.

Interstate 5 northbound was closed for about 3 1/2 hours during the initial investigation.

OSP was assisted by the Salem Police Department, Marion County DA's Office, Marion County Medical Examiner's Office, Keizer Funeral Chapel, the Salem Fire Department, M&M Towing and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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