Update 4:15 p.m. - A portion of Southeast Mission Street remains closed after a fatal car accident Monday afternoon.

A driver in a Jeep SUV ran a red light traveling northbound on Southeast 25th Street hitting a garbage truck that was traveling eastbound on Mission Street, the Salem Police Department said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding their identity until officers notify relatives. The garbage truck driver was taken to the emergency room with minor injuries, police said.

Police said the SUV driver was "speeding and driving recklessly" before running the red light and hitting the truck.

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A portion Southeast Mission Street in Salem is closed between Airport Road and 25th Street as police investigate a serious crash.

The road was closed around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon following the collision, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton said.

School buses in the area are being rerouted where possible. Salem-Keizer Public School spokesman Aaron Harada said some buses are waiting until traffic clears because the bus stop is in the impacted area.

Parents of affected students will be notified, the Salem-Keizer School District said on social media.

Eastbound drivers can use State Street as an alternate route.

Hamilton said the road would remain closed for several hours through the afternoon commute.

Salem police are investigating the collision. Diesel and garbage from the crash is still being cleaned off the road, Hamilton said.

This story is developing and will be updated.