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UPDATE: Westbound freeway opens hours earlier than officials expected

Commercial trucks and passenger vehicles are jumbled in one of a series of collisions on Interstate 84 westbound on Monday, Feb. 21. The freeway remained closed westbound in Ontario. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

UPDATE: The Transportation Department announced just after 7 a.m. Tuesday that the westbound Interstate 84 was again open to all traffic. Marilyn Holt, a Transportation Department district manager, credited "outstanding response from our tow companies and all who responded, including law enforcement and EMS. They got everyone out fast, which made clearing the scene go well."

EARLIER STORY:

Downtown Vale is likely to be busier than normal Tuesday while officials try to unplug Interstate 84, still closed to westbound traffic in Ontario.

The state Transportation Department said early Tuesday that the freeway likely wouldn’t open until . . .