Semi-truck on Snow-covered highway

Multiple truck crashes happened Tuesday on interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, closing down traffic in both directions for more than four hours. In all, the incidents affected approximately 100 miles of the snowy and icy freeway.

One collision, which happened at around 2 p.m. near Pendleton at exit 216, shut down traffic traveling eastbound. Two more truck crashes occurred on the same day, but in the westbound lanes. These incidents, which included an overturned semi-truck near mile marker 258 and another truck crash near milepost 260, blocked westbound traffic near Baker City, at exit 304.

No other details about any of these truck crashes, including what may have caused them or whether anyone was injured, have been released.

Officials reopened the eastbound lanes of I-84 around 6 p.m. that same evening, while the westbound lanes remained shut down until 9:30 p.m.

Extended Impact

Oregon Live reported that the initial road closure went as far as Baker City, but due to the limited parking options for trucks there, transportation officials decided to extend it as far as Ontario. Travelers could not use alternate routes, Oregon 204 and Oregon 245, as they were also closed.

The icy roads and inclement weather further impacted the efforts of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and hazardous materials crews attempting to clean up spilled fuel from the crashes.

Why I-84 is Prone to Truck Crashes

A news article in Oregon’s, The Bulletin that was recently updated, says that although Interstate 84 is widely known for its scenic views, it also has some of the region’s worst weather. From October to as late as Memorial Day, inclement winter weather is often responsible for the treacherous driving conditions and multiple road closures.

Travel along sections of the interstate, including the area around Baker City, is further complicated by the sharp curves and steep grades. Many out-of-state travelers may be less familiar with the dangers and more used to clear roads and a milder climate. However, the route is considered so dangerous that there are multiple signs posted urging trucks, which account for about 43 percent of I-84’s traffic, not to exceed 18 mph. In spite of these warnings, multiple semi-truck and big rig crashes occur each year.

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Author: Rizk Law

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