It's every trucker's nightmare, normally, and especially during a winter blizzard.

If you've ever traveled Emigrant Hill, commonly known as “Cabbage Hill” you know why. It's a steep 7-mile downgrade west of La Grande, Oregon. This stretch of highway I-84 also known as Deadman Pass, was once called “one of the worst places in America for driving”.

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The treacherous stretch of I-84 westbound sees some of the most severe weather conditions in the PNW. After watching several Youtube videos of over-the-road truckers, one can see why. You lose almost 2,000 feet of elevation in 6 miles, all while twisting through a double hair pin turn on a downgrade. Inexperienced drivers ride the brake all the way down.

NOTE: Drivers should check brakes BEFORE the downgrade.

A brake check area is located at the weigh station at Milepost 227. 78% of crashes on Cabbage Hill are out-of-state motorists. On average 59 percent of brake problems contribute to accidents on the Hill.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while maneuvering the descent.

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The downgrade begins at Milepost 227 and continues through Milepost 217. Motorists are encouraged to drive densively. Of course, during winter, the road may be slick. Often times, I-84 is closed at Cabbage Hill due to snow and poor visibility.

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Tips to maneuver the treacherous stretch of I-84 at Cabbage Hill/Deadman Pass:

• Be aware of the safe recommended speed for your vehicle.
• Control your speed! Posted speeds are maximums in good weather. Bad weather demands lower speeds.
• Oregon law requires that you carry and use tire chains when conditions warrant.

Check out video below from Kip and Jake. Would you want to drib=ve in that?

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