26 vehicles collide, 70 vehicles blocked on I-84

12 people were injured, 4 seriously

A dozen trucks crashed in a 20-vehicle collision on I-84 near Baker City, Jan. 17, 2015 (ODOT)
A dozen trucks crashed in a 20-vehicle collision on I-84 near Baker City, Jan. 17, 2015 (ODOT)

BAKER CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — About 20 vehicles, including a dozen trucks, collided on ice-covered I-84 shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, blocking all eastbound traffic and blocking about 50 vehicles inside the crash scene.

ODOT officials closed I-84 in both directions in eastern Oregon and sent a hazmat crew to the scene

Westbound I-84 was closed in Ontario at Exit 371, but re-opened around 3:30 p.m. Eastbound I-84 was closed at Exit 304 in Baker City, Exit 265 in LaGrand and Exit 216 east of Pendleton until one land opened late Saturday night, ODOT said.

The crash happened early Saturday morning on the eastbound side near Milepost 318, east of Baker City. Officials said the vehicles were headed east on black ice and collided.

Two of the truck were carrying hazardous materials and the hazmat crew was able to clear the issue by mid-afternoon. It was not revealed by ODOT what that hazardous material was.

Four people were taken to hospitals for treatment of injuries which were described as “minor to serious.”

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

 

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