BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — A commercial truck carrying 4,200 gallons of an industrial chemical crashed on Interstate 84 east of Baker City, prompting a hazmat response that closed the highway for several hours Sunday.
It wasn't immediately clear what caused the overnight accident. Oregon State Police say the truck's driver was injured and was picked up by a passing vehicle with four occupants. They were decontaminated by fire personnel for exposure to the chemical, tetramethylammonium hydroxide, and taken to a hospital as a precaution. Neither the driver's injury nor the exposures were believed to be serious.
The eastbound lanes remained closed Sunday morning. The westbound lanes had reopened by 7:30 a.m. U.S. 30, which parallels I-84 near the crash site, was also closed due to the spill.
The trucking company was identified as Portland-based Lesaint Chemical Logistics.
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