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UPDATE: All lanes were back open Thursday afternoon following fiery Wednesday night crash that killed a truck driver.

KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of the fatal truck crash.A 50-year-old truck driver from Turner died Wednesday evening, Aug. 21, in a fiery crash that closed northbound Interstate 5 near Barbur Boulevard.

Portland police said the driver was Tony Richard Mack. He was at the wheel of the semi-truck that crashed at about 9 p.m. and burst into flames. Cranes are being brought to the scene Thursday, Aug. 22, to remove a damaged highway sign. The city's Major Crash Team is investigating the crash.

COURTESY PHOTO - A photo from ODOT's traffic cameras shows a northbound Interstate 5 backup near Southwest Haines Road. A fatal truck crash Wednesday night, Aug. 21, blocked the highway fthrough Thursday morning's commute.

The truck, which was pulling a trailer, caught fire on northbound I-5 at the Southwest Barbur Boulevard exit. Witnesses told KOIN 6 News that they saw the truck driving in the left lane when it lost control and crashed into a highway sign post.

Derk Baker said he was in his friend's car coming home from Vancouver when he saw a Target truck veer "a little sideways, cut across the freeway and into a barrier."

"And then this big burst of yellow — flames everywhere," he said. "It was bad."

The closure snarled traffic throughout the region during the Thursday morning commute and much of the rest of the day.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story with video here.


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