Man drives car into Willamette River

Willamette River

MARION COUNTY, Ore. — A 23-year-old mistakenly drove his vehicle down a ramp at the Buena Vista Ferry and into the Willamette River at approximately 6:40 p.m.on Saturday evening.

The driver was able to immediately exit the vehicle before it became fully submerged without injury.

He told deputies that he did not see any road signs and thought he was simply driving down a hill. Deputies determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the incident. The man was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office is taking this incident as an opportunity to remind drivers to be extremely cautious when navigating dar county roadways. These rainy fall evenings can make it more difficult to see the roadway signs, exits and hazards that may be present. Please allow extra time if needed when traveling this time of year.

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