HERMISTON, ORE. - The Oregon Department of Transportation shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon after a semi truck carrying hazardous materials caught fire near Pendleton (milepost 207) Thursday morning.
Oregon State Police and a Hazmat team from Hermiston are on scene. The Pendleton Fire Department has issued a shelter in place notification within 1/2 mile of the fire.
ODOT spokesman Tom Strandberg says the truck is carrying cleaning compound, food flavor and Bic lighters. He says the fire was reported around 9 a.m.
Originally, ODOT closed westbound I-84 and was diverting traffic at exit 210 in Pendleton. However, the closure has since been moved to Baker City at exit 302 due to limited truck parking.
At 12:49 p.m. Pacific Time, ODOT sent out an update that one westbound lane of the interstate was back open and that delays were under 20 minutes.
The eastbound lanes of I-84 are open.
Check TripCheck.com or call 511 / 800-977-6368 for updated conditions. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941.
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