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Salem Police Say Reports of Chase and Gunfire Before Car Crash Tuesday Unsubstantiated

November 10, 2016

Salem Police say a story of a car being chased by the occupants of a vehicle firing guns at them before a Tuesday night chase appears to be bogus.

Police initially received a 911 call of a car that crashed on the railroad tracks and had caught fire. The caller did not know where she was. The location of the cell phone was located through the 911 system as being off the end of Marshall Street on the old CSX railroad tracks near the old Salem City Landfill.

Salem Firemen were initially dispatched along with police. However, firemen were turned back when police arrived and didn’t find a fire. The fear of the fire apparently was sparked by dust from the airbag deployment.

But police were then told the story that the car had driven off the end of Marshall Street because they were being chased and fired upon. Police say there was no evidence of any gunfire or another vehicle being involved.

The passenger and owner of the car, Annette Lynn of North Dawley in Salem, complained of a leg injury and was taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.

The driver, 38-year-old Christopher Morris of Joliet, was ticketed for no insurance, driving too fast for conditions, and not having a valid drivers license.

The incident occurred at 6:09 Tuesday night.

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