Semi rolls over on Interstate 84 offramp

Aug 27 2010 - 11:20pm

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(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) A semi-trailer carrying onions rolled over on Interstate 84's east exit off of Riverdale Road on Friday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) A semi-trailer carrying onions rolled over on Interstate 84's east exit off of Riverdale Road on Friday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) A semi-trailer carrying onions rolled over on Interstate 84's east exit off of Riverdale Road on Friday.
(ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner) A semi-trailer carrying onions rolled over on Interstate 84's east exit off of Riverdale Road on Friday.

RIVERDALE -- Rain pounded on the recovery crew as it unloaded boxes of onions from a rollover accident in Riverdale.

The rollover happened Friday afternoon at the eastbound Interstate 84 offramp coming off of Riverdale Road heading southbound. The accident happened before the rain started.

Trooper Sean Cannon from the Utah Highway Patrol said the semi went onto the offramp going about 30 mph when its load visibly shifted to the point that other drivers backed off.

The truck slid across the offramp taking out signposts, before it rolled over, coming to rest on the left shoulder.

The truck's cargo appeared intact; none spilled onto the offramp. The load had been picked up at Utah Onions in Syracuse and was destined for a Walmart in Robert, La.

The driver, Frank Peterson, sustained a small injury to his hand and received treatment at the scene.

He had an out-of-state driver's license, Cannon said.

As officials clad in dark overalls investigated the cause of the accident, Peterson, clad in a black T-shirt, circled his truck and smoked a cigarette.

Traffic flowed smoothly on Riverdale Road, other than a few slowdowns from rubbernecking motorists.

Cannon said officials continued to investigate the crash for a cause, such as mechanical issues, but the driver was cited for several violations.

Crews from IFS Towing and Recovery in Ogden worked for several hours to clear the wreck.

An official from Charley Transportation Inc., from Fayetteville, Ark., which owns the truck, said the cargo will be returned to Utah Onions.

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