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1 dead in truck crash, fire near Portland rail yard

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Crews say the fire is under control. Photo: Twitter/PDXfire Crews say the fire is under control. Photo: Twitter/PDXfire
PORTLAND, Ore. -

Update 11:28 a.m.: Authorities say the driver of a semitrailer truck died when the vehicle crashed on a roadway near a Portland railroad yard, causing a fire that sent plumes of black smoke over the city.
    
Fuel leaked underneath the parked train cars.
    
Portland Fire spokesman Terry Foster says the truck was carrying some sort of fuel product when the accident occurred on U.S. 30 just south of the iconic St. Johns Bridge.
    
Foster says eight train cars were damaged in the Sunday morning blaze, one severely. The rail cars contained asphalt.
    
BNSF spokesman Gus Melanos says the railways main lines were not impacted.

Update 10: 35 a.m.: A tanker fire burning in a riverside railroad yard is under control.
    
Portland Fire spokesman Terry Foster says the blaze was coming from underneath one of the six rail cars involved in Sunday morning's blaze. Authorities say the tanker fire material is hot asphalt and it will take about two hours to cool.
    
Foster says an exact cause of the fire is still unknown.
    
There were no injuries from the fire that sent plumes of black smoke over the city.

Update 10:14 a.m.: Authorities in Portland say six tankers containing tar or asphalt are burning in a riverside railroad yard near the iconic St. Johns Bridge.
    
Firefighter Jesse Altig says there are no reports of injuries. Firefighters were called about 8:45 a.m. Sunday to the industrial area along U.S. 30 just south of the bridge on the Willamette River.
    
Altig says nearby businesses are evacuated. He says the nearest homes are about a half-mile from the fire.
    
Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson says the highway is closed and a half-marathon race in the area is canceled.

    The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.
    
Altig says firefighters are using foam to quell flames, and nearby railroad cars are being moved away.

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Fire crews in Portland, Ore. are fighting a large fire on railroad tracks Sunday morning. The fire is causing a smoky scene over Portland.

Portland Fire and Rescue reports the fire is a 3rd alarm fire located in the 7200 block of NW Front Ave. They are asking people in the area to stay in doors.

They say the fire involves about six railroad cars near Highway 30 east of the St. Johns Bridge.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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