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I-84 closed for 9 hours after rig hauling crane blows tire 


Interstate 84 in Oregon was completely reopened almost nine hours after a semi truck blew a tire on Monday morning. 

The accident happened at around 6:45 a.m. on June 27th between Hood River and Troutdale, Oregon on I-84.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the semi truck hauling a crane was traveling along I-84 when it blew a tire, sending it crashing through the cement barricade separating the east and westbound sides of the interstate. The truck, trailer, and crane then slid across the roadway, taking out chunks of the asphalt as they skidded. The truck then spilled around 200 gallons of fuel and caught fire

The trucker, 37-year-old Marvin Klopfenstein, sustained only minor injuries in the crash. No other injuries have been reported. 

Roughly 47 miles of highway in the Columbia River Gorge was shut down as crews worked to clear the mess. Nearly eight hours later, the eastbound lanes were reopened. Another hour later the westbound lanes were reopened. No further information has been released.


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