Semi crashes into Weber River near Taggart

Dec 7 2013 - 9:06am

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Date: 12-06-2013 Time: 05:34 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 111 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: Vehicle no.1 (semi-tractor trailer carrying steel) was traveling WB I-84 at milepost 112 when he lost control and ran off the road to the right. Vehicle no.1 left the roadway and came to rest in the Weber River upside down. The driver was able to exit the cab and make his way to road and flag down other motorists.Both fuel tanks have ruptured and are spilling into the Weber river. Hazmat and Weber County Health Department have been notified. There are no current lane closures at this time. The no.2 lane will be closed once they begin the removal of the semi.The driver was transported to Ogden Regional.
Date: 12-06-2013 Time: 05:34 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 111 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: Vehicle no.1 (semi-tractor trailer carrying steel) was traveling WB I-84 at milepost 112 when he lost control and ran off the road to the right. Vehicle no.1 left the roadway and came to rest in the Weber River upside down. The driver was able to exit the cab and make his way to road and flag down other motorists.Both fuel tanks have ruptured and are spilling into the Weber river. Hazmat and Weber County Health Department have been notified. There are no current lane closures at this time. The no.2 lane will be closed once they begin the removal of the semi.The driver was transported to Ogden Regional.
Date: 12-06-2013 Time: 05:34 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 111 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: Vehicle no.1 (semi-tractor trailer carrying steel) was traveling WB I-84 at milepost 112 when he lost control and ran off the road to the right. Vehicle no.1 left the roadway and came to rest in the Weber River upside down. The driver was able to exit the cab and make his way to road and flag down other motorists.Both fuel tanks have ruptured and are spilling into the Weber river. Hazmat and Weber County Health Department have been notified. There are no current lane closures at this time. The no.2 lane will be closed once they begin the removal of the semi.The driver was transported to Ogden Regional.
Date: 12-06-2013 Time: 05:34 Location: I-84 Mile Post: 111 Travel Direction: West Inv. Agency: UHP Initial Description: Vehicle no.1 (semi-tractor trailer carrying steel) was traveling WB I-84 at milepost 112 when he lost control and ran off the road to the right. Vehicle no.1 left the roadway and came to rest in the Weber River upside down. The driver was able to exit the cab and make his way to road and flag down other motorists.Both fuel tanks have ruptured and are spilling into the Weber river. Hazmat and Weber County Health Department have been notified. There are no current lane closures at this time. The no.2 lane will be closed once they begin the removal of the semi.The driver was transported to Ogden Regional.

TAGGART -- A semi truck crashed into the Weber River at 5:30 a.m. Friday due to slick roads and icy conditions, injuring the driver and spilling diesel into the frozen waterway.

The driver was transported to Ogden Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

"His seat belt saved him," said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jared Hayes. "He is pretty lucky to be alive."

The accident was on Interstate 84 at milepost 111 in the westbound lanes, according to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol. Steel cargo was in the truck, the release said.

The driver was at milepost 112 when he lost control and ran off the road to the right, the release said. The truck came to rest in the river upside down.

"The driver was able to exit the cab and make his way to the road and flag down other motorists," said the release.

Both of the truck's 100-gallon fuel tanks ruptured and spilled into the Weber River, the release said.

Hazmat and Weber-Morgan Health Department teams were on the scene throughout the day cleaning up the fuel.

Lori Buttars, spokeswoman for the Weber-Morgan Health Department, said there was no way to determine how much fuel was spilled onto the frozen river and how much was under the ice.

"We are still estimating the amount of product in the river," she said Friday afternoon. "The driver was taken to the hospital before we could ask him how much fuel he had."

But she said ice on the river was a friend of the cleanup effort.

A cleanup company was hired to be on site with a pump truck. Company officials were pumping fuel off the top of the ice. Then they were breaking the ice and sucking up fuel and water below, Buttars said.

Buttars said the fire department also placed environmental booms in the water at the site and down the river to catch what they could of the fuel.

She said the scene was under control by Friday afternoon.

An environmental cleanup company had laid down booms to contain the spill and was able to pump out most of the fuel, Buttars said.

Contact reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228 or jfrancis@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @jfrancis.

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