Driver Dies In Ferry Ramp Crash

Tuesday night, around 8:00 p.m., a ferry boat operator located a vehicle submerged in the Willamette River near the Buena Vista Ferry ramp. 

Deputies arrived on scene a short time later and with the assistance of fire personnel located the vehicle and what appeared to be a deceased, elderly person inside. 

Due to the darkness, cold weather and fast current deputies could not safely bring in a dive team to recover the vehicle.

Wednesday morning, a dive team with the Linn County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and assisted in the recovery of the vehicle and the person inside. 

The victim is identified as 89-year-old Anne Rose, from Salem. Investigators believe she accidentally drove down the ferry ramp and into the river.

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