Trucks line up in Baker City as westbound freeway closed

Written by Baker City Herald February 25, 2014 05:29 am

The parking lot at Baker Truck Corral is crammed with trucks this morning as drivers wait for the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 to re-open.

The westbound lanes were closed about 8:50 p.m. Monday following a multi-vehicle crash near Meacham that happened about 7:40 p.m. Monday.

There are also several disabled semi-trucks in the Meacham and Cabbage Hill areas, the result of ice and dense fog, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The westbound lanes were initially closed at La Grande, then the closure was extended to Baker City and to Ontario.

Although the eastbound lanes are open, ODOT officials are recommending drivers postpone travel on the freeway this morning if possible.

"It's treacherous out there with the black ice and fog," said Tom Strandberg, an ODOT spokesman in La Grande. 

Updates are available at www.tripcheck.com, or call 511 on a mobile phone.