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Landslide Blocks Interstate In Columbia River Gorge

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File photo of cars backed up on an Interstate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of cars backed up on an Interstate. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation says it has a lot of work to do before it can reopen the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 that were hit Wednesday night by a rockslide in the Columbia River Gorge.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie says first they’ll have to make sure no more rocks are in danger of falling. Then a contractor will have to help move some of the large boulders blocking the highway. There’s no estimate on reopening.

Oregon State Police say a car crashed into several boulders but the driver was not hurt.

The slide is about 50 miles east of Portland just west of Hood River. It also blocked one westbound lane, so only one lane of traffic is moving west.

Eastbound traffic is detoured on Highway 14 in Washington.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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