Originally published May 6, 2015 at midnight, updated May 6, 2015 at midnight
A flipped trailer closed westbound Interstate 84 near Hood River at milepost 49 for nearly four hours Sunday. Traffic was backed up for roughly four miles.
No injuries were reported. According to a report from Oregon State Police Lieutenant Josh Brooks, the trailer driver, Michael Glenn Mulks, 59, of Mesa, Arizona was traveling westbound in the fast lane, moving into the slow lane when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle smashed into the guardrail, flipped on its side, then came to rest in the way of traffic. The driver and the passenger, Laura Mulks, 57, also of Mesa, were uninjured.
Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation officials responded to the scene at about 2:15 Sunday afternoon and closed off both Westbound lanes. Shortly after, ODOT officials allowed traffic to pass on the right shoulder. All lanes were reopened shortly before 5:30 p.m., said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton.
The vehicles were towed by River's Edge Towing out of Hood River.
In another traffic hazard, a hole on westbound I-84 near Troutdale caused ODOT to close the right lane for safety reasons. According to a written release by ODOT, delays were expected and the lane was scheduled to stay closed until Tuesday.