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Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash with Hazardous Materials Eastbound I-84 milepost 292
06/22/2009
Lieutenant Dave Macmaniman
Oregon State Police
Baker Area Command
541-426-3049
 
Sergeant Steve Mitchell
Oregon State Police
541-440-3347 or 541-440-0248

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A Tacoma Washington man was seriously injured in a commercial motor vehicle crash on Monday evening on Interstate 84 eastbound west of Baker.
 
On June 22, 2009 at about 5:05 PM, a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon driven by SAMANTHA MARTIN, age 19, from Island City, Oregon was eastbound on Interstate û 84 near milepost 292 in the slow lane traveling between 30- 50 miles per hour with the emergency flashers on due to having mechanical problems. A 2007 Kenworth semi truck with a tanker trailer, driven by CHARLES NEUDORF, age 57, from Tacoma, Washington, was also eastbound. NEUDORF came up behind MARTIN'S vehicle and had to make an evasive maneuver onto the right shoulder to keep from hitting MARTIN'S vehicle. Once on the shoulder the semi truck rolled over one time and the trailer came to rest on its side. It was determined by first responders that there was hazardous materials in the trailer.
 
After fire and EMS personnel secured the scene they extricated NEUDORF. NEUDORF was transported by ambulance to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Baker. After being stabilized NEUDORF was transferred to Saint Alphonsos Hospital in Boise by air ambulance where he is being treated for serious injuries.
 
The hazardous materials were identified by fire personnel as Chromic Acid (Liquid). Chromic Acid becomes an inhalation hazard when mixed with air. It is estimated that approximately 300-400 gallons spilled onto the shoulder of the roadway. Interstate û 84 was closed in both directions from milepost 260 (LaGrande) to milepost 302 (Baker) for nearly four hours. At about 8:45 PM emergency personnel opened the westbound lanes for traffic. The eastbound lanes remain closed to all truck traffic east of Pendleton. Passenger car traffic is being detoured around the scene via Highway 30 between North Powder and Baker.
 
Members from the Baker and LaGrande Area Commands are continuing their investigation into the crash. OSP personnel were assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, and LaGrande Hazardous Material Team #12.