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Fuel Truck Driver Dies After Crashing into Train

by Jana Ritter - Published: 12/14/2015

A tragic accident took the life of a truck driver on Sunday when his fuel tanker crashed into railroad cars filled with liquid asphalt and ignited a massive fire along Highway 30 just south of the St. Johns Bridge near Portland, Oregon.

                                                    fuel truck crashes into train

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On Monday morning, the deceased truck driver was identified as 41-year-old Andrew Lambert of Vancouver, Washington. According to Portland police, Lambert had been towing a tanker full of gasoline and was heading west on Highway 30 when at around 8:50 a.m. he veered off the right side of the road. The truck went down an embankment and flipped, then collided with a power pole and the train parked on the tracks below the roadway. While Investigators believe that Lambert most likely died immediately, it is still unknown what caused him to lose control of the truck. However, the tragic result was that not only did he lose his life while on the job, the impact ignited a massive fire with 70 foot flames. The crash also caused a leak in the fuel tanker and the gasoline caused the fire to burn for over an hour before Portland Fire and Rescue crews were able to get the blaze under control.

                                                   Portland fire fighters

Richard Marcotte lives in the otherwise peaceful Willamette river area and said he was woken up by the sound of the massive explosion. "I heard some sound like big heavy fireworks or like a train crashing together ... that woke me up," Marcotte says. “I looked through my window and saw big smoke coming from the trains.” The fire spread to eight railroad tankers and the black smoke could be seen for miles away. The bad air quality also concerned health officials enough to warn local residents to stay indoors and forced the closure of a local half marathon that was already underway. Highway 30 was also shut down at about 9:00 am and although the Portland firefighters were able to contain the fire by 10:30 am, the highway remained closed while authorities investigated the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation finally reopened all lanes of Highway 30 near the St. Johns Bridge early Monday morning.

                                                  fuel tanker destroyed in fire

While, medical officials have not yet determined the exact cause of the crash, they believe Lambert either fell asleep at the wheel or had some sort of medical issue prior to running off the road. Rescue crews said that the fuel truck was completely destroyed in the crash and at least eight railway cars were damaged in the flames but the asphalt in the cars did not leak or catch fire.


Marquita Lowry Carroll
Marquita Lowry Carroll
"The truck went down an embankment and flipped, then collided with a power pole and the train parked on the tracks below the roadway."
Sam Barker
Sam Barker
It is the life we choose.RIP.
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
Man that sucks. Guess god needed another good hand. Rip driver.
Marquita Lowry Carroll
Marquita Lowry Carroll
😞 r.i.p.
Terri Poole
Terri Poole
Rest easy driver
Albert G Craven Jr.
Albert G Craven Jr.
Rip driver.
Darcy Washington
Darcy Washington
RIP driver
Jim Rigney
Jim Rigney
Sad R.I.P. Driver
Rodney Givens
Rodney Givens
Playing for his whole family
Pat Offenberger
Pat Offenberger
RIP brother!
Gerald Ameele
Gerald Ameele
RIP
James Feltner
James Feltner
RIP
Bob Hastings
Bob Hastings

Steve Barnett
Steve Barnett
I hauled fuel for 23yrs until I started having panic attacks brought on by home problems, ignorant customers and dispatchers! To this day I don't know how I did it without killing myself self or someone else! My condolences to his family! What always bothered me is you always hear about the crash but you don't hear about the millions of safe loads that are hauled every day! Thank you tanker yankers!!
Juan Huerta
Juan Huerta
But remember all we do is sit on our ass all day easy job right? Rest in peace driver!
Ken Wisnasky
Ken Wisnasky
RIP driver !! Prayers to the family for comfort
Charlie Ford
Charlie Ford
There's only one REASON. God rest his soul. He or she had no patients .
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
Could of had a heart attack. Annurism. Low sugar. High. B.p. not exactly a smart statement.
Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham
Funny your top post is about worshipping Him but you sit in judgment of others. Nice..... Oh by the way it's patience. Learn to spell before you judge others
Mandy Brown
Mandy Brown
You are clueless Donald
Terry Perrott
Terry Perrott
Jeff Cunningham, Sarry that some can't spellll coerecctllyy like u can.Ohh I bet yur perfect
Marquita Lowry Carroll
Marquita Lowry Carroll
Or...... What the article said: "The truck went down an embankment and flipped, then collided with a power pole and the train parked on the tracks below the roadway."
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
Mandy Brown enlightened me how. Impress me.
Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham
No Terry Perrott I'm not perfect and don't claim to be but I was just observing someone that acted pious on their personal fb page make a judgemental comment here and therefore I chose to recognize his own imperfections but apparently that was over your head or you was too stupid to make that observation
Terry Perrott
Terry Perrott
^^^^^^^^ I mispelled those word on purpuse. We all have in perfections.
Jeff Cunningham
Jeff Cunningham
No shit stupid
Cathy McQuistion
Cathy McQuistion
Donald Gough, my first thought was health related.
Donald Gough
Donald Gough
Me too Cathy McQuistion that guys comment pissed me off. I've seen it up close 1st hand. Usually never turns out good for the driver.
Deacon McGovern
Deacon McGovern
Wow. Prayers for the family
Eddie O'Brien
Eddie O'Brien
RIP
JD Stobaugh
JD Stobaugh
Joel Olson
James R Maxwell
James R Maxwell
Michael
Michael K. Doty Sr.
Michael K. Doty Sr.
Nasty stuff brother!!