Semi-trucks block I-84 westbound; traffic brought to a standstill

Stuck in the Gorge photo courtesy Katrina Hellickson Evans 1.jpg

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Interstate 84 westbound was closed from Hood River to Cascade Locks overnight Tuesday and through most of Wednesday after several drivers ended up getting stuck in the slick, icy road conditions.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says there were several semi-trucks stuck on the interstate that blocked traffic in different areas.

At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, they announced that the westbound lanes were back open from Hood River to Troutdale.

"When all vehicles are removed, crews will work to clear the road of the remaining snow and ice by plowing and using deicer and salt," ODOT said on Twitter.

A KATU News team in the Columbia River Gorge says the roadways, including I-84, are incredibly icy.

Reporter Mary Loos and photographer Evan Bell saw many semi-trucks pulling off the road on I-84 eastbound in order to put chains on. Chains are required for semi-trucks on this stretch of I-84.

Some travelers say they’ve been stuck in stand-still traffic on I-84 West for seven hours or more before they even reach Hood River.

On the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, there are still restrictions in place for commercial vehicles along a stretch of State Route 14.

ODOT crews were planning to close some I-84 eastbound lanes intermittently Wednesday to remove spilled diesel from a crash that occurred Tuesday morning, but they decided against it due to the major delays in the westbound lanes.

ODOT says they’re bringing in graders and they’re looking into using salt on I-84.

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