BAKER CITY, Ore. – A big-rig crashed on Interstate 84 Sunday morning spilling thousands of gallons of chemicals and closing the freeway in both directions near Baker City, officials said.
It all started around 12:45 a.m., when 61-year-old Ronald Hanes of Sacramento, Calif. crashed his truck, carrying 4,200 gallons of Tetramethylommonium Hydroxide near milepost 324, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
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HazMat teams responded and coordinated cleanup efforts closing the interstate in both directions from Baker City to Ontario. Lanes were reopened by 9:45 a.m.
Hanes was picked up by a passing vehicle that happened upon the scene. He and the four people in the car were decontaminated and taken to the hospital. They were all released Sunday morning, Hastings said.