Boulder size of VW Beetle rolls onto I-84

January 13, 2014 

A large rock, described as being the size of a Volkwagen Beetle passenger car, fell Sunday onto Interstate 84 about a mile west of Hood River blocking a traffic lane. No vehicles were involved and it took Oregon Department of Transportation crews using heavy equipment about two hours to remove it.

COURTESY OREGON STATE PATROL

— A large rock -- described as being the size of a Volkswagen Beetle passenger car -- fell Sunday onto Interstate 84 about one mile west of Hood River blocking one traffic lane, the Oregon State Patrol reported.

No cars hit the boulder, the state patrol said.

It took state transportation crews using heavy equipment about two hours to remove the rock, the state patrol said.

An Oregon trooper responded to a reported road hazard eastbound about 12:34 p.m.

Upon arrival, the trooper reported a large boulder the size of a car had rolled off the nearby embankment, over a concrete barrier and into the right eastbound lane.

During wet periods and high winds, the state patrol and transportation officials remind motorists to be alert for the potential of falling rocks, slides and other roadway obstructions. Most are not the size of this boulder, but they may be unexpected and cause problems for drivers traveling in the Columbia River Gorge and on other highways, the state patrol said.

If you see a hazardous roadway condition or obstruction call the Oregon State Police dispatch or 911.

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