U.S. 30 reopened after deadly tanker crash, fire in NW Portland

The damaged rail tanker cars.

The damaged rail tanker cars. Photo: KGW

Portland, Ore. —  (KGW) All lanes of U.S. 30 have reopened after a deadly crash sparked a massive fire in Northest Portland Sunday morning, forcing residents to hunker down in their homes as thick black smoke filled the air.

People from as far away as the St. Johns area across the river said they heard loud explosions and then saw flames shoot high into the air.

Investigators said the fire started when a semi-truck collided with one of the rail cars just before 9 a.m., Sunday.  The driver of the truck was killed in the crash, according to police.

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