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BAKER CITY, Ore. -- Oregon's Department of Transportation has reopened the westbound lanes oif Interstate 84 near Baker City, that were closed Tuesday morning due to a hazardous materials spill. However, the rest area where the truck eventually pulled over, is still closed, and could remain that way for several days.

Oregon State Police say a driver was heading westbound with two barrels in his pickup bed, when he noticed one barrel leaking onto I-84. He pulled over to the Baker Valley Rest Area near milepost 295 and reported the spill.

Police say one the barrels had hazardous flammable toxic liquid, identified as 2-Methyl-2-heptanethiol.
ODOT says the liquid was foaming out of the trailer and onto the ground, when they arrived at the rest stop.

The driver was checked by emergency medics for exposure at the scene. He was not taken to the hospital and remained at the scene, helping police and ODOT officials.

About 15 miles of I-84 was closed to traffic from Exit 302 in Baker City until the North Powder on-ramp.

Traffic was directed onto Highway 30 until crews opened the interstate again.

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