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Ice Clearing Backs Up Traffic on I-5

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PORTLAND, Ore. - It was a traffic nightmare in northern Oregon as road crews trying to clear ice ended up causing a back-up that lasted for hours.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews were trying to clear ice from the recent snow storm on Interstate 5.

The road was only supposed to be closed for a few minutes, however trucks had a harder time than anticipated clearing the ice and it caused a six-hour back up on the interstate and surrounding roads.

Oregon DOT officials are trying to figure out how to keep the back-up from happening in the future.

Meanwhile 52,000 people in the Portland and Salem areas are still with out power from the recent snow storms and more snow is forecasted for today.