PENDLETON — Winter is not quite over in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon.

Semitrailers and passenger cars crashed Tuesday morning on Highway 204 near Tollgate, which still has plenty of ice and snow. State and local authorities, though, did not report any serious injuries.

Umatilla County emergency dispatchers received calls about the crashes shortly after 9 a.m. on Oregon 204 at milepost 18 west of the summit near Tollgate. Umatilla County Sheriff Terry Rowan said a livestock trailer wrecked off the roadway, another semi jack-knifed and others were high-centered. The Oregon Department of Transportation reported at least one passenger car also crashed. Rowan said a deputy and other emergency responders at the scene reported the roadway was icy and slick.

State police and road workers shut down the highway for more than five hours while crews cleared several crashes. Snow fell during those efforts, the road department reported, which made “conditions treacherous in the area.”

The road eventually reopened Tuesday afternoon.

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