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I-84 in Eastern Oregon expected to remain closed until Tuesday

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I-84 remains closed eastbound and westbound to all traffic in eastern Oregon. Eastbound is closed between Exit 216 (six miles east of Pendleton) and Exit 265 (La Grande). Westbound is closed to between Exit 374 (Ontario) and Exit 216. The closures are due to multiple vehicle crashes near milepost 230 that occurred around noon today. The westbound freeway remains closed at Ontario due to limited parking space in Baker City and La Grande. Local traffic may be able to access the westbound freeway between Ontario and Baker City to get home (check for more information by clicking the closure icon on TripCheck.com). Due to the number of vehicles that still need to be towed the westbound freeway is not expected to be open until tomorrow noon or later. Crews are working to get the eastbound freeway open in the next few hours. It is currently closed to allow emergency responders and numerous tow trucks safe access to the crash site.

OR 204 (Tollgate Highway) and OR 245 are also closed to all but local traffic. These are not viable detour routes for freeway traffic.

Three busloads of stranded motorists were transported from the crash site earlier today and most drivable passenger vehicles have been routed to Pendleton or La Grande, along with a few semis. Several dozen crashed semis and passenger vehicles remain on the freeway, as well as several dozen blocked semis with drivers remaining on site, waiting to get unblocked.

Westbound travelers stranded in Ontario are encouraged to stay there until the freeway opens tomorrow. If you feel you must travel, U.S. 20 is the recommended alternate route when I-84 is closed for long periods. It is also in better condition (minimal snow) than U.S. 26 or other state routes in the area. Be aware that U.S. 20 already has heavy truck traffic and there are many curves and few safe passing opportunities. Please take it slow and do not attempt to pass.

Avoid following GPS navigation app or devices, as they can lead you onto remote routes with little or no winter maintenance. If you travel, stay on state highways and expect winter conditions and heavier than normal traffic.

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