UDOT clears 18,000 pounds of asphalt off I-15 after truck tips over

Saturday , July 15, 2017 - 12:55 PM

ANNE CHRISTNOVICH, Standard-Examiner Staff

A crash in the northbound lanes on Interstate 15 near exit 341 (31st Street) had traffic backed up for the better part of Saturday afternoon. 

The three leftmost northbound lanes were closed and so was one left lane on the southbound side. Traffic on the northbound side, at one point, was backed up for about 3 miles, according to John Gleason, the Utah Department of Transportation spokesperson.

An asphalt* truck was heading north when a front tire blew at about 12:20 p.m., according to Utah Highway Patrol. The driver lost control, veered left and hit the median before tipping over, Gleason said. The truck caught fire but emergency crews were able to put it out quickly, Gleason said. 

About 18,000 pounds of asphalt spilled, covering three lanes at mile marker 341.5. 

The mess was cleared and all lanes opened again at about 3 p.m.

The driver had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital as a precaution, UHP said.

Clarification: Initial reports said the truck was hauling gravel. A later report clarified it was an asphalt truck

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