I-84 re-opened from The Dalles to Troutdale after flaming crash forced extensive closures

TROUTDALE, Ore. — For half a day, commuters on I-84 in Oregon experienced massive delays and detours caused by a severe crash that left a semi-truck and crane flaming with oil spilling onto the roadway.

According to the Oregon State Police (OSP), a semi-truck with a crane boom and flatbed trailer blew a tire while heading eastbound on I-84 at milepost 42. They say the truck, driven by a 37-year-old man, crashed through a cement barrier into the eastbound lane and jackknifed before rolling.

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Once the vehicle settled, the driver escaped with just minor injuries. However, the truck erupted in flames and spilled oil all over the roadway, effectively shutting down long stretches of I-84.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene to clear the area, help the driver and begin repair work to make the roadway suitable for commuters. OSP estimates that 200 gallons of fuel, oil and antifreeze spilled onto the pavement. The impact from this accident gouged parts of the pavement, making it unsuitable for many vehicles.

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Detours were set up along the way, but for long periods of the day, I-84 was closed from The Dalles to Troutdale—approximately 70 miles worth of roadway connecting Eastern Oregon with Portland.

The accident took place around 6:45 a.m. on Monday morning. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) didn’t announce that the roadway was fully re-opened in both directions until 3:34 p.m.—though crews will be working to repair damage from this crash for days to come.

Dedicated truck stops in Hood River were packed as drivers were forced to wait for the roadway to be made suitable for their vehicles.

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