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Interstate 84 among Ontario and Pendleton is closed due to a hazardous spill

I-84 between Ontario and Pendleton is closed due to a dangerous spill.

Key Takeaways:

  • A truck crash near milepost 219 on Interstate 84 west near Pendleton caused the westbound lanes to close completely, beginning at 6 a.m. on Feb. 10 and lasting until the next morning.

A truck crash near milepost 219 on Interstate 84 west close Pendleton resulted in a full stoppage of the westbound lanes starting at 6 a.m. on Feb. 10 and lasting until the next morning. As per the Oregon Department of Transportation, the accident necessitated using a tanker truck to transfer material from the involved truck, which arrived late Thursday evening.

The accident resulted in road closures, with truck traffic at Exit 374 in Ontario and all traffic at Exit 302 in Baker City. It also forced the closure of sections of Oregon Routes 204 and 245 and U.S. Highway 30 near Haines.

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According to Thomas Strandberg, the department’s Public Information Officer, the closure initially applied only among Pendleton and La Grande before being extended to truck traffic at Ontario around 7:30 a.m.

“The truck stops (there is only one in each town) were full, and the extra trucks were parking together across side streets, creating [a] safety hazard for the communities,” Strandberg wrote in an email to the Argus on Feb. 11. “Hazmat teams arrived around 7:30 a.m. and attempted to stop the leak,” according to the report.

A transport tanker truck from Seattle, Washington, was requested to clean up the spill.

I-84 between Ontario and Pendleton is closed due to a dangerous spill.
I-84 between Ontario and Pendleton is closed due to a dangerous spill. Image from Google

“They didn’t show up until after 7 p.m.,” says the narrator. It took several more hours to transfer the chemical as well as clear the scene sufficiently to reopen the road.”

According to Strandberg, the freeway reopened at La Grande around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, Baker City around 2:10 a.m., as well as Ontario around 2:36 a.m.

Before press time on Feb. 11, the Oregon State Police’s Baker City office might not be reached for comment on the cause of the crash or the materials involved.

Source: Argus Observer

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