Sunday, January 18, 2015

Dozens of Vehicles Wrecked, Backed-Up in Eastern Oregon Pileup

Posted By on Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 8:41 AM

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Motorists were told to steer clear of a major stretch of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon through much of Saturday after a massive freeway pileup was triggered by black ice. By the time the wreckage was cleared away, law enforcement estimated that as many as 26 vehicles were damaged and dozens more backed-up by the pileup which began just east of Baker City, Ore.

Officials said the trouble began when two trucks jackknifed and crashed into one another, beginning a chain-reaction crash. Twelve people were treated for injuries at a Baker City hospital and four were transferred to other hospitals due to more serious injuries. One of the injured was sent to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

It wasn't until near sundown on Saturday that westbound lanes of  Exit 371 in Ontario, Ore., were reopened. Eastbound lanes remained closed into early Sunday morning, and conditions remained challenging with visibility of less than 500 feet due to freezing fog.

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