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UPDATE: Victim was 41-year-old Vancouver truck driver

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - This is all that remains of the fuel truck that crashed into a parked train and started a fire along US 30 at the St. Johns Bridge on Sunday. A damaged rail car is above it. It and seven others damaged by the fire were filled with asphalt but did not ignite.A fatal truck-train crash closed U.S. 30 and the St. Johns Bridge in both direction Sunday morning. They reopened by Monday morning.

The crash occurred at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 13, according to Portland Fire & Rescue. The truck was carry some sort of fuel which spilled and caught fire, spreading under parked rail cars loaded with asphalt.

The fire quickly escalated to a three-alarm blaze and prompted responses from PF&R's Marine and HazMat teams, as well as Vancouver Fire and Port of Portland Fire. The parked rail cars contained hot asphalt and did not leak or catch fire, says PF&R, although eight of them were damaged.

COURTESY OF PF&R/DICK HARRIS - Portland firefighters battled a gasoline fire Sunday on Highway 30 near the west end of the St. Johns Bridge after a truck went off the highway and struck train tankers full of asphalt.The fire was under control at 10:34 a.m.

Portland's Major Crash Team said Monday that the truck driver, 41-year-old Andrew John Lambert of Vancouver, Wash., was driving a 2009 Peterbuilt Semi-Tractor hauling a tanker of gasoline west on Highway 30 toward the St. John's Bridge when the truck left the highway on the right side and went down an embankment. The truck flipped and collided with a power pole. The train tankers that were parked on the train tracks below the roadway.

Investigators believe that Lambert died immediately in the crash. He was driving for the Kenan Advantage Group.

The truck tanker of gasoline ignited and burned for more than an hour. During the fire, a plume of smoke could be seen for miles. There were concerns of chemicals in the air, and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management assisted PF&R with a community emergency alert notification. Nearby residents were urged to shelter in their homes, although PF&R says the alert was precautionary and no residents were in danger during the incident.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Many firefighters and their trucks remained on the scene of Sunday's rail fire after it was extinguished.TBNSF spokesman Gus Melanos says the railways main lines were not impacted.

The St. Johns Bridge had been closed but reopened by 10:45 p.m.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this story.

COURTESY OF PF&R/DICK HARRIS - Flames from Sunday's fire on Highway 30 scorched a directional sign near the west end of the St. Johns Bridge.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO DIAZ - Sunday's fire near Highway 30 involved train tankers on tracks just feet from the road.

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