PORTLAND -- The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 on the Marquam Bridge were reopened for Wednesday's morning commute after a fiery rollover crash Tuesday involving a semi-truck, officials said.
The crash was reported just after 3 p.m. Portland Fire and Rescue officials said the I-beam on the truck rolled over onto a Volkswagen, smashing it, and both vehicles caught fire. The bridge was reopened at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The driver of the truck was identified Wednesday as James Pennington, 67. The driver of a steer vehicle at the rear of the extra-long truck trailer was 28-year-old Mark Cole.
Neither was injured. Both fully cooperated with investigators.
Cole was able to pull the woman in the car, 23-year-old Dana K. Buice, to safety. She was taken to Legacy Emanuel and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The roughly 37-ton, 170-foot beam destined for TriMet's Milwaukie light rail project was cut into four pieces overnight and hauled away, said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. Damage to the bridge was minimal.
The contractor was scheduled to receive six girders Tuesday and six more Wednesday for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, according to TriMet.
The truck reportedly involved in the incident was hauling the fifth girder. The truck route was approved by ODOT. Standard semi trailers are about 45 to 55 feet long.
Traffic was backed up past the I-5/I-405 split immediately after the crash. Vehicles already on the bridge were flagged through in one lane. The road was then closed while crews responded to the scene, and the backup lasted through the evening commute.
Portland Police sent out the picture below to illustrate how fortunate Buice was to have escaped without serious injuries.