Oregon road crews close Interstate-84 near Hood River

Oregon road crews close Interstate-84 near Hood River
Photo courtesy: Travis Rockwell.

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- A rock slide has blocked both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Interstate 84 west of Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge.
   
The slide happened Wednesday night near mile post 61 just west of Hood River.

ODOT eventually shut down the eastbound lanes of I-84 at Troutdale because of the rock slide.

Westbound traffic is able to get through the area.

ODOT spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie told KATU there was no timetable to reopen the eastbound lanes, and they could be closed throughout the day Thursday. She said crews need daylight to clear the freeway and evaluate the slope to make sure it is safe.

"That is a lot of rock and it is not going to clean up quickly," said Dinwiddie. "We want to make sure the highway is safe before we open it."

According to ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton, the hill on the south side of I-84 gave way and enough earth slid onto the freeway to push the jersey barriers into the westbound lanes.

One man who was driving his car was almost hit by the large boulders and debris that came down just before 7:30 p.m.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, spokesman for Oregon State Police, said the man wasn't injured.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.