MEACHAM, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are warning motorists to expect possible delays while traveling on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon. This after an early morning crash caused the interstate to be shut down.
Police responded around 4 a.m. to a crash on I-84 at milepost 233 westbound near Meacham. Investigators say a 2006 Freightliner hauling corrosive materials was westbound when the driver, Donna Carlson, 42, of Prescott, Arkansas lost control of the truck on the icy highway. The truck went into the median causing the trailer to roll on its side. The trailer ruptured in the crash.
Carlson and her male passenger, Morrey Carlson, 42, also from Prescott, Arkansas were not hurt in the crash.
Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation created a space of one-half mile in all directions around the crash due to the hazardous materials concern. The Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Unit, The Umatilla Tribal Fire Department and The National Response Corporation Environmental Services responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
The interstate was initially closed for more than eight hours in both directions while crews tended to the scene. Intermittent closures are still in effect.
If you are traveling in the area, be sure to check ahead for the latest road closures and weather information at TripCheck.com, or call 5-1-1 / 800-977-6368, outside Oregon dial 503-588-2941.
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