Oregon's I-84 remains closed after landslide

Oregon's I-84 remains closed after landslide

Credit: Mike Benner, KGW Staff

Oregon's I-84 remains closed after landslide

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 7:02 AM

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- A landslide closed both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 61, west of Hood River Wednesday night, with a man barely escaping the rubble as it fell.

Eastbound traffic out of Portland was rerouted at Troutdale as of 10:20 p.m. Wednesday evening. 

Detour eastbound via State Route 14 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, crossing the I-205 bridge or the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks, and then crossing back at the Hood River Bridge.

A boulder the size of two cars was reportedly found on top of a vehicle at the scene. The driver was unharmed, according to Det. Matt English of the Hood River County Sheriff's Office.

The slide will keep the eastbound lanes closed until crews can safely clear the road. There was no time set for re-opening, according to Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Dan Koopman and his car got swept up in the slide.

"I had the sheer terror," he told KGW. "I thought 'I'm going to get crushed, and I bailed out of my car as fast as I could."

He ran and jumped over a protective freeway barrier to safety and waited for emergency crews.

More: Rock as big as Volkswagen falls onto I-84

One month earlier, on the same stretch of highway, a car-sized boulder rolled out onto Interstate 84. No vehicles were damaged but the rock blocked one lane of traffic and it took crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation about two hours to remove the obstruction, using heavy equipment.

 

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