OGDEN -- How do you move a toppled semi-trailer holding 45,000 pounds of beer?
Very carefully. And with a lot of heavy machinery.
Weber County Sheriff's Office officials were faced with just that task after a semi believed to have been traveling too quickly off a freeway exit toppled on its side this morning on 21st Street.
Chief Deputy Klint Anderson said the overturned truck blocked two lanes of traffic near the Interstate 15 off-ramp.
The weight of the truck's load made it impossible for it to be pulled back on its wheels without using heavy machinery, Anderson said. Cleanup of the accident, which caused a traffic delay in both directions, took longer than normal because of the need for heavy equipment.
No one else was involved in the accident, Anderson said, but there were a few close calls.
"A couple of witnesses were right there and almost involved, but were able to get out of the way," Anderson said.
The driver of the truck was not seriously injured, and refused medical treatment.
The trailer did remain intact in the accident, and none of the beer was damaged or spilled. Anderson said he was unsure how the beer was packaged.