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Truck hauling toxic chemical crashes on I-84 in Eastern Ore.

Truck hauling toxic chemical crashes on I-84 in Eastern Ore.
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BAKER CITY, Ore. – A truck hauling a toxic chemical crashed on Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon early Sunday morning.

State police initially closed a 67-mile stretch of I-84 in both directions while a hazardous materials crew cleaned up the scene.

The freeway was reopened in both directions around 10 a.m.

The truck was hauling 4,200 gallons of Tetramethylammonium Hydroxide when it crashed near milepost 324.

Police said the truck's driver, 61-year-old Ronald Hanes of Sacramento, Calif., was injured and was picked up by a passing vehicle with four people inside.

Medics decontaminated all five people. None is believed to have serious exposure to the chemical.

The driver’s injuries were not serious, police said.

Police said the truck was owned by Lesaint Chemical Logistics of Portland.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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