I-5 traffic delayed by fatal accident north of Albany

ALBANY, Ore. -- An Albany public schools vehicle hit a dirt embankment and went airborne, crashing into a cement pillar of a freeway overpass.

The male driver, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name is being withheld until police can notify his family.

A 17-year-old female student was transported by ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. She was using safety restraints. Police said they would ID her at a later time.

The man was driving a van transporting the injured female student passenger for the Greater Albany Public School District 8J related to a special program in the Salem/Keizer school district.

Around 1:15 p.m., the 2006 Ford E150 van registered to the Greater Albany Public School District 8J was southbound on Interstate 5 passing the off ramp at the Jefferson interchange when, for an unknown reason, the van traveled off the right shoulder into a grassy area where it struck a dirt embankment and went airborne. 

The van's roof struck an overpass cement pillar and came to rest on its wheels facing north on the southbound shoulder.

Traffic was restricted to one lane for about one hour before all lanes were re-opened.

An Albany school district representative responded to the scene to assist with the OSP investigation conducted by troopers from Albany and Salem offices.