Justin Salchenberg, 21, died early Monday morning after his car crashed into the pole of a power line. He briefly was enrolled at West Linn High School, but later transferred to Cascade Academics School in Oregon City. His car crashed around 3 a.m., and Sgt. Neil Hennelly of the West Linn Police Department told the Oregonian that it was believed that the speed of Salchenberg’s car was a factor in the crash.
The crash caused a stir Monday as students returned from Thanksgiving break. Traffic was slowed as students and staff attempted the commute to school along Highway 43. PGE crews were working to repair the fallen power line, reducing traffic to one lane.