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Witnesses reported a vehicle drove into the river Wednesday at Wheatland Ferry; public safety crews found, removed it Thursday

COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Search crews arrive at the Wheatland Ferry area to try to locate a vehicle that drove into the Willamette River.On Thursday afternoon a collaborative effort from multiple agencies located a vehicle that drove into the Willamette River Wednesday, March 4, along with two other vehicles.

Witnesses reported seeing the GMC Terrain plunging into the river at around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Marion County Sheriff's Office reported that search crews removed the vehicle and a deceased driver from the river. On Monday, police identified the driver of the GMC Terrain as Jeanie Sandall, 56, of Dayton. The deceased driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The circumstances leading up to the vehicle being driven into the water are still under investigation.

MCSO Lt. Jeremy Landers said along with the vehicle from Wednesday's incident, two additional, unrelated vehicles were found in the water.  Both were unoccupied and appeared to have been underwater for an extended period of time. 

"Due to the challenging location in the waterway of the other two vehicles, at this time there will be no efforts undertaken to remove them from the river," Landers noted.

"The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the numerous agencies which took part in the search and recovery efforts," he added.

Those agencies included Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Water Rescue Team, Benton County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol.

Wednesday's incident response involved Marion County Public Works, Keizer Fire Department, Keizer Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Lake Oswego Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Oregon State Police, Oregon State Parks Department, and Life Flight.

COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Search crews arrive at the Wheatland Ferry area to try to locate a vehicle that drove into the Willamette River.


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