BAKER CITY -- Officials have re-opened a stretch of Interstate 84 east of Baker City after crash overnight involving a commercial truck transporting toxic hazardous materials, Oregon State Police said.
Troopers say the truck was hauling 4,200 gallons of tetramethylammonium hydroxide when it crashed in the eastbound lanes of the interstate between Baker City and Ontario.
The crash, which happened around 1 a.m. Sunday, forced the closure of both westbound and eastbound lanes for hours.
Troopers say the truck driver, 61-year-old Ronald Hanes, from Sacramento, California, was injured in the crash. He apparently was picked up by a passing vehicle. The driver and the four occupants of that car decontaminated by emergency responders and were taken to an area hospital to be checked out and treated for the hazardous materials exposure. They have all reportedly been released.
During the cleanup efforts, police blocked traffic in both directions.
The westbound lanes re-opened at about 8 Sunday morning, while the eastbound lanes re-opened at about 9:45 a.m., after a hazmat team cleaned up the scene, police said.
Investigators say the trucking company was identified as Lesaint Chemical Logistics out of Portland, Oregon.
There has been no word on whether any citations or fines will be issued as a result of the crash.