HENEFER -- A spilled semitrailer load left westbound Interstate 84 closed for hours Monday as officials waited for machinery large enough to lift the 110,000-pound compressor that was dumped when the trailer rolled on its side.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ellis Alexander said a semitrailer hauling the compressor, which is used to inject plastic into molds, was westbound on I-84 near Mile Marker 108 just after 9 a.m. Monday when the driver came upon a curve, hit his brakes and slipped on the slick roads.
The truck, which was traveling from Ontario, Canada, to Oregon, fishtailed, then flipped on its side, becoming wedged between a concrete barrier and the side of the road, blocking traffic.
When the semitrailer tipped over, the compressor fell off, blocking the road as well. Alexander said the semitrailer was easily moved off the road by a tow truck, but the compressor was more difficult.
"The problem is the compressor," he said Monday at about noon. "It's still sitting on the road. We're waiting for a crane to get up here."
A crane and flatbed trailer from Ogden were sent to assist with the removal of the compressor. Alexander said the westbound lanes were closed for several hours for cleanup, and had anticipated the road to be reopened at about 2 or 3 p.m. Monday. It actually was reopened closer to 5 p.m. because the cleanup took longer than expected.
The driver of the truck was cited for failing to operate within a single lane. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and received only a minor bump on his head.
Crews still working to clear accident from I-84
HENEFER -- A spilled semitruck load caused westbound Interstate 84 to be closed all morning and into the afternoon while crews waited for proper equipment to lift an 110,000-pound compressor that was being hauled from Ontario, Canada to Oregon.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ellis Alexander said the semitruck was westbound just around 9 a.m. on I-84 near mile marker 108 when the road curved, and the driver slammed on his brakes. The slick roads caused the truck to fishtail, then tip over on its side, blocking all westbound lanes. The compressor also dumped off the trailer on the road.
Alexander said the semitruck was easily moved; however, the compressor was too heavy to be moved immediately. He said a flatbed trailer and crane from the Ogden area was sent to the accident to assist in moving the compressor. At about noon, he said they expect the road to still be closed westbound for several hours while the compressor is being moved off the road.
The driver of the truck was cited for failing to operate within a single lane. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, and received only a minor bump on the head. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.