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Fire and landslide cause traffic delays Wednesday night

Fire and landslide cause traffic delays Wednesday night

Motorists were held up on Wednesday, due to fire and rock slides blocking the road along Interstate 84. Not even 20 minutes apart, a commercial trucks semi-trailer caught fire and a landslide collided with a passenger car.

Huntington Fire Department personnel were called into action to extinguish a semi-trailer fire in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 about eight miles west of Huntington in eastern Oregon.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., a commercial truck driver pulling a semi-trailer loaded with paper products was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 357 coming down Three Mile Hill when the trailer brakes caught fire. The driver stopped and disconnected the truck from the trailer to create separation, preventing the fire from spreading to the truck.

Both lanes were briefly closed but traffic was able to move past the scene in the left lane. ODOT and OSP were on scene assisting.

Trailer fire

Further West on Interstate 84, about one mile west of Hood River, 20 minutes earlier, a vehicle crashed into several large boulders during a landslide.

At approximately 7:26 p.m., a passenger car driven by Daniel Koopman, age 54, from Summerville, Oregon, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 61 when a landslide occurred from the south side of the freeway lanes.

Rock Slide aftermath Wednesday night

Large boulders and debris slid across the eastbound lanes, pushing the concrete center barrier into the left westbound lane. They collided with large boulders as the slide was occurring and Koopman was not injured.

The slide blocked the eastbound lanes and one westbound lane. ODOT personnel were on scene and cleared the slide to make it safe to re-open the eastbound lanes for traffic.

In both incidents no people were injured and roads were cleared efficiently by ODOT and OSP.

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