Potatoes mash up I-84 traffic near Arlington

Traffic slowed, 1 EB lane closed

A semi truck loaded with potatoes damaged 230 feet of guardrail 12 miles west of Arlington on I-84. (Oregon State Police)
A semi truck loaded with potatoes damaged 230 feet of guardrail 12 miles west of Arlington on I-84. (Oregon State Police)

ARLINGTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A semi truck loaded with potatoes rolled early Tuesday morning on I-84 twelve miles east of Arlington, Ore., damaging approximately 230 feet of guardrail, blocking traffic.

The driver, who was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, said he swerved to avoid hitting a deer and lost control, crashing into the guardrail and spilling the load onto the shoulder, Oregon State Police (OSP) said.

One lane is open while the Oregon Department of Transportation works to remove the vehicle from the eastbound lane, near milepost 126.

No dead or injured deer were found in the area, OSP said.

OSP and ODOT are reminding drivers to be alert for wildlife, especially during October and November, months during which vehicle-wildlife collisions are at their highest.

The truck driver was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, but appears to be uninjured, OSP said.

Anyone with information, or who witnessed the crash, is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

Visit our Traffic Page and stay informed for the commute.

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