Eastern Oregon stretch of I-84 reopens following truck crash

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ODOT said the crashed truck had been carrying a slippery apple juice concentrate, resulting in environmental clean-up crews on the scene

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — All eastbound and westbound lanes on a stretch of I-84 in Eastern Oregon reopened Wednesday evening after a truck crash on Wednesday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

ODOT said the crashed truck had been carrying a slippery apple juice concentrate, resulting in environmental clean-up crews on the scene.

The crash happened near MP 238, which resulted in westbound lanes open for only local traffic between Ontario and Baker City, but shutting down traffic between Baker City and Pendleton.

Officials said the extended closure was a result of challenges removing the truck, which was hanging over the edge of a bridge near the Meacham exit, and then cleaning up the apple juice concentrate that had spilled on the bridge deck. Crews also needed to remove the crash debris and work on a damaged guardrail.

Officials say as trucks get back on the road, the traffic speeds between exits 238 and 246 are now reduced to 50 mph.

There are currently no details about what caused the truck crash.

ODOT reminded drivers that conditions can change at any time. Call 511 for updates or see an interactive map with updates here.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details become available.

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