March 3, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Interstate 84 westbound lanes on the east end of The Dalles were closed for about two hours Monday morning following multiple ice-related traffic crashes. One of the crashes pushed the concrete barrier into the opposite lanes of travel requiring ODOT's work to repair the center divider.
Preliminary information indicates on March 3, 2014 at approximately 6:00 a.m., the driver of a commercial truck traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 87 in the right lane lost control on ice. The truck traveled to the left, across the left lane and struck the concrete center divider pushing it into the westbound lanes. The truck and trailer went back into the eastbound lanes where a pickup struck the back of the trailer. Another pickup traveling westbound crashed head-on into the center divider.
Three drivers were checked for minor injuries. All were using safety belts and airbags deployed in both pickups.
Eastbound traffic was diverted off Interstate 84 at exit 87 for travel on the Washington side until repairs were completed to the divider. One westbound lane was also closed during incident response.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command responded to over 15 traffic crashes during the last 24 hours, five of which had reported minor injuries. Majority of the crasehs appear ice-related. OSP and ODOT urge all drivers traveling in the Columbia River Gorge to know what the conditions are before you travel at ODOT's website www.TripCheck.com.
No names or other information available at this time.
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