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One lane of Highway 62 open near Prospect after boulders fall onto roadway

ODOT said on Tuesday afternoon that crews had opened up a single lane of traffic following the rock fall that happened early in the morning.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 6:16 AM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 5:58 PM

PROSPECT, Ore. -- Traffic crews closed down Highway 62 near Prospect after boulders fell onto the roadway early Tuesday morning.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said that the rock fall happened about 4 a.m., just north of Peyton Bridge over Lost Creek Reservoir. Both lanes between milepost 36 and 37 were blocked.

One driver smashed into a large boulder in the roadway and was taken to a Medford-area hospital for treatment, ODOT said. Oregon State Police later confirmed that the driver was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

"The slide remains active. ODOT is on scene," the agency said on Tuesday morning. "The highway remains closed until the slide stops and the boulders can be removed."

By Tuesday afternoon, ODOT announced that it had reopened one lane of Highway 62 through the slide area with flaggers and pilot cars. Drivers were told to expect short delays just north of Peyton Bridge over Lost Creek Lake.

"Beginning tomorrow morning during daylight hours, ODOT crews will remove additional rocks and debris from the slope," the agency added. "Drivers should expect longer delays to remove trees and rocks from the hillside. This work is expected to take about a week."

Prospect Charter School said that it would be closed on Tuesday because of the slide.

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