July 2, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
A Baker City-area Interstate 84 rest area and freeway westbound lanes are closed Tuesday morning following the leakage of a hazardous flammable toxic liquid from a barrel in a pickup bed. A cleanup crew is enroute as Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Oregon State Police (OSP), and Baker City Fire Department remains on scene.
On July 2, 2013 at approximately 5:00 a.m., the driver of a pickup transporting two barrels, one containing a hazardous flammable toxic liquid (2-Methyl-2-heptanethiol), pulled off Interstate 84 into the westbound Baker Valley Rest Area west of Baker City. A barrel secured in the pickup bed tipped over and began to leak the hazardous material. The driver, whose name is not available, was checked by emergency medical responders for exposure at the scene. He was not taken to a hospital and remains at the scene assisting as needed.
Precautionary safety measures were taken including closing the rest area and blocking the westbound lanes. A detour is set up by ODOT around the area for westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic is not affected. Traffic updates can be found on ODOT's website www.TripCheck.com.
Information about the hazardous material is available at:
### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###