ODOT closes one lane of I-84 to remove partially submerged semi-truck from Columbia River

A semi-truck left Interstate 84 on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 and crashed into the Columbia River. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, ODOT will remove the partially submerged vehicle. ODOT photo

CORBETT, Ore. – Oregon Department of Transportation crews shut down one lane of Interstate 84 westbound Wednesday morning to remove a semi-truck from the Columbia River.

The process took several hours, as crews worked slowly to avoid any fuel leaks from the truck's tanks.

The lane was back open by about 3:30 p.m.

The semi-truck was partially submerged in The Columbia River after it crashed over them embankment Monday evening.

Crews pulled the rig up a steep embankment to return it to the roadway.

ODOT said drivers should plan for delays again on Thursday as teams replace the roughly 300 feet of guardrail that was damaged in the crash.

Investigators say the driver of the semi-truck was trying to change lanes on I-84 westbound Monday evening when she drove onto the shoulder and struck a parked 1995 Chevy Tahoe. The impact sent the semi crashing through the guard rail, down an embankment and partially into the river near the Corbett View Point.

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