Semitrailer wreck temporarily closes interstate Thursday

Although this week's storm was fairly short-lived in most areas, the freezing rain wreaked havoc along Interstate 84, where four semitrailers were involved in a crash early Thursday morning.

Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident at 12:57 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, near milepost at 23 on 1-84, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The driver of a Volvo two-axle semitrailer, a resident of Riverton, Utah, rear-ended a Freightliner semitrailer.

Two other rigs, a Kenworth semitrailer and a Freightliner semitrailer, were also somehow involved in the accident, Gates said.

Although there were initially no injury reports, AMR personnel took the driver of Freightliner semitrailer that was rear-ended to a local hospital after he complained of minor head and neck pain, Gates said.

No citations were issued, Gates said, adding that icy conditions were to blame for the accident.

By 1:30 a.m. Oregon Department of Transportation officials had shut down 1-84 completely between Troutdale and Hood River, said Dave Thompson, ODOT spokesman.

'ODOT shut down the freeway in part because of this accident,' Gates said.

Because the four semitrailers were blocking the freeway, ODOT crews were unable to unable to clear the roadway immediately, leaving approximately 10 other semitrailer drivers parked along I-84 with nowhere to go, Thompson said.

However, the storm's effects were otherwise relatively minor. The highway was reopened at 9:20 a.m., and although motorists were required to carry chains or traction devices, even that restriction was removed by noon Thursday, as the temperatures increased.

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