WILLARD -- A semi truck caught fire on the side of Interstate 15 early Friday morning, slowing down southbound traffic near Willard. The freeway is expected to remain closed to one lane until noon as crews clear fuel and debris from the road.
Willard City and Brigham City fire departments responded at 5:21 a.m. to a truck on fire.
The truck belonged to Associated Foods and was travelling southbound on I-15 returning to the warehouse in Farr West.
At mile marker 357, near the Willard Bay exit, the truck somehow came in contact with the guardrail. The tires blew, which in turn caused damage to the fuel tank, leaking diesel fuel over the road. Sparks from sliding against the guardrail ignited the fuel, sending the truck up in flames, said Willard City Fire Chief Corey Barton.
It took firefighters 15 minutes to control the fire and one hour to completly extinguish it. Tanks of water were shuttled to the scene due to the lack of a nearby hydrant, using about 2,000 gallons to put out the flames, Barton said.
The driver was evaluated on scene and released without any injuries.
The truck's trailer was empty besides a few plastic milk wires, Barton said. It was a complete loss.
The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.