Sheriff: Driver found dead in car submerged in Willamette River

Photos from the Marion County Sheriff's Office

A driver was found dead Tuesday night inside of a vehicle that had crashed into the Willamette River, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

A ferry boat operator first spotted the submerged vehicle about 8 p.m. near the Buena Vista Ferry Ramp.

Emergency responders checked the vehicle and found that the driver was deceased. Deputies couldn’t safely recover the vehicle because it was after dark, cold and the river's current was fast.

Just after daybreak Wednesday, the Linn County Sheriff’s dive team helped recover the woman and her car.

She was later identified as Anne Marie Rose, 89, of Salem.

At this point, officials said it appears that the death “is a tragic accident.”

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