PORTLAND, Ore. -- The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 have been reopened in Eastern Oregon after the wreckage from a series of crashes was cleaned up.
The Oregon State Police said two people have died. They were in separate vehicles involved in crashes in icy conditions Sunday night on Cabbage Hill, southeast of Pendleton. At least six semitrailer trucks were involved.
Officials say a semitrailer was going westbound when the driver lost control on some ice and crashed on the side of the freeway, causing the trailer to block some of the road.
Then two more semitrailer drivers, unknown of the first crash, crashed into the first semitrailer. A 51-year-old man from Texas was ejected and was prounced dead at the scene, while a 51-year-old Washington man was found dead inside his semitrailer.
Then a fourth commericial motor vehicle crashed into the two semitrailers that were involved in the second accident. Those who were inside the vehicle had minor injuries.
The lanes were closed Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. They were reopened Monday afternoon.
The stretch through the Blue Mountains can be treacherous in winter. It's where a tour bus plunged down a hillside in 2012, killing nine people and injuring 38.