EASTERN OREGON -- A young boy was killed this morning in an accident involving three vehicles on Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon.
Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Tom Strandberg says the accident happened around 6 a.m. Pacific Time in the westbound lanes one mile west of Huntington near milepost 345.
Oregon State Police are on scene investigating. Here is some preliminary information about what happened according to officers on scene.
It appears the driver of a passenger car lost control on the icy highway and slammed into a concrete barrier. Several people were in the car but not seriously hurt. Standberg says they made the mistake of getting out of the vehicle.
A semi truck also hit the concrete barrier, but it is unclear if the truck hit the passenger car. Another vehicle went by the car and hit several of the people standing alongside the road. A young boy, about 8 to 10 years old, was hit and landed in the eastbound lanes. He died at the scene. An air ambulance was called to transport another injured person. No word on that person's condition.
Both eastbound and westbound lanes on I-84 were closed down between Baker City and Ontario.
However, traffic began backing up and the transportation department decided to extend the closure to La Grande. That's about 112 miles of interstate.
Strandberg says around 9:45 a.m. PT the eastbound lanes were reopened. The westbound lanes were open to traffic at 11 a.m. PT.
Motorists heading out for the holiday weekend are urged to use extra caution. Strandberg says I-84 is covered in black ice in many areas and temperatures were below freezing this morning where that deadly accident occurred. He also advises travelers to never get out of their vehicle on the interstate.