The Oregon State Police said three people were injured Monday afternoon in a series of several near-simultaneous crashes — estimated to involve 25 vehicles — that happened in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Corbett and Rooster Rock State Park.
The crashes closed the westbound lanes for approximately 90 minutes. No names were released.
The wrecks caused massive traffic backups.
Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Duane Larson said the problems started about 4 p.m. as heavy holiday-related traffic was westbound on the freeway east of Corbett. Conditions were described as heavy rain with standing water on the road. An estimated 25 vehicles, passenger cars and pickups, were involved in approximately five different crash scenes spread out over a mile and a half, Larson said.
OSP troopers, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District 14 firefighters, AMR ambulance personnel, and Oregon Department of Transportation employees responded to the scene. Some of the vehicles had to be towed from the area and three people were taken to hospitals in Portland and Gresham for treatment of injuries that weren’t life threatening.
No citations were issued, Larson said.