Hazmat spill closes Interstate 84 for miles in eastern OR - KPTV - FOX 12

Hazmat spill closes Interstate 84 for dozens of miles in eastern OR

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NEAR BAKER CITY, OR (KPTV) -

Police said a semi-truck carrying toxic, hazardous materials crashed near Baker City, prompting I-84 to be closed 57 miles in both directions overnight.

Oregon State Police said the commercial truck from Lesaint Chemical Logistics in Portland was carrying 4,200 gallons of Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide.

Details of the crash, which occurred at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, weren't immediately available. Police said the injured driver was picked up by a passing vehicle with four occupants.

Emergency responders from multiple agencies responded and an incident command staging area established away from the crash scene.

The driver and four other people were decontaminated by fire personnel. They were taken to an area hospital for assessment related to exposure to the hazardous material.

No injury or exposure is believed to be serious.

The eastbound lanes of I-84 were closed in both directions between milepost 304 in Bakers City and milepost 327.  The westbound lanes of I-84 were closed in Ontario, at milepost 371.

The freeway was reopened in both directions by about 10:00 a.m.

However, ODOT says one eastbound lane will likely remain closed at the site over the next couple days to facilitate clean up efforts.

For travel updates, check ODOT's TripCheck.com website.

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