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Semi slams into I-5 center barrier near Salem; traffic backed up for miles

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I-5 traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews responded to reports of multiple crashes. I-5 traffic was backed up for miles as emergency crews responded to reports of multiple crashes.
A southbound semi slammed into the concrete center barrier on I-5 near Salem on Monday evening, pushing it into the northbound lanes. A southbound semi slammed into the concrete center barrier on I-5 near Salem on Monday evening, pushing it into the northbound lanes.
Multiple crashes blocked Interstate 5 in both directions about eight miles south of Salem during Monday evening's commute. Multiple crashes blocked Interstate 5 in both directions about eight miles south of Salem during Monday evening's commute.
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Multiple crashes blocked Interstate 5 in both directions about eight miles south of Salem during Monday evening's commute.

Oregon State Police said one of the crashes involved a southbound semi slamming into the concrete center barrier, pushing it into the northbound lanes.

By 5:50 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation said the barrier had been moved back into place, but a significant amount of diesel and antifreeze spilled onto the highway.

Clean up efforts had traffic backed up for miles. Drivers were asked to avoid the area or use an alternate route.

At 7:20 p.m., ODOT said all southbound lanes of I-5 were back open. Some northbound lanes remain closed as crews continue to clean up.

There was no immediate word about possible injuries. 

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