Eastbound I-84 closed in Eastern Oregon after landslide

Eastbound I-84 closed in Eastern Oregon after landslide

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by KGW.com Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 11:50 AM

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- A landslide closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 61, west of Hood River Wednesday night, with a man barely escaping the rubble as it fell.

Eastbound traffic out of Portland was still being rerouted at Troutdale as of 7:45 Thursday morning.

Drivers on I-84 are being rerouted to the Interstate 205 bridge to eastbound SR 14, where motorists can rejoin I-84 at the Hood River Bridge, which requires a toll. KGW reporter Ashley Korslien reported a 25-minute wait at 8 a.m. to cross.

A boulder the size of two cars was reportedly found on top of a vehicle at the scene. The driver was unharmed, according to Det. Matt English of the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

The slide will keep the eastbound lanes closed until crews can safely clear the road. There was no time set for reopening, according to Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Dan Koopman and his car got swept up in the slide.

"I had the sheer terror," he told KGW. "I thought, 'I'm going to get crushed,' and I bailed out of my car as fast as I could."

He ran and jumped over a protective freeway barrier to safety and waited for emergency crews.

More Man in I-84 rockslide: 'I can't believe I survived'

On Jan. 13, on the same stretch of highway, a car-sized boulder rolled out onto Interstate 84. No vehicles were damaged but the rock blocked one lane of traffic and it took crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation about two hours to remove the obstruction, using heavy equipment.

 

 

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