Multi-car pileups block I-5 in both directions near Albany, Oregon

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 3:10 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Interstate 5 southbound was closed about 3 miles north of Albany just after 8:30 Thursday morning after several crashes involving up to 20 total vehicles were reported on the snowy freeway, transportation officials said.

Just after that, official said I-5 northbound was closed 8 miles south of Albany when another pileup was reported. One lane reopened about an hour later.

For the southbound crash, a detour was in place using Old Salem Road for all but overweight vehicles, according to a statement from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Drivers were advised to avoid the area or expect major delays. Chains or snow tires are now required on I-5 in Linn County.

ODOT crews were also responding to several other crashes on I-5, as well as on Oregon Highway 58 and U.S. Highway 101.

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