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2 injured in semitruck crash; crews clean up chemical spill

(Shara Park/KSL)


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SPANISH FORK CANYON — Two men were injured Thursday when their semitrailer overturned in Spanish Fork Canyon, spilling some of the chemicals they were hauling.

Just before 6 a.m., the men were traveling down U.S. 6 when their vehicle crashed over the concrete barriers and slid 50 feet down an embankment, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Two men, both in critical condition, were flown by medical helicopters to local hospitals. The truck was hauling three 300 gallon barrels of Xylene.

Xylene is produced from crude oil and is traditionally used as a cleaning agent and as paint thinner in the leather, rubber and paint industries. It is also found in gasoline and jet fuel.

UHP reported that one of the barrels was breached and an undetermined amount of its contents leaked, though troopers said they believe the majority of the barrel had spilled. The Spanish Fork Fire Department responded and determined there was no threat of explosion, according to the UHP.

Traffic in the area was restricted to one lane in each direction while the cleanup continued through Thursday afternoon.

The accident marked the second spill in two days in Utah. An estimated 4,500 gallons of crude oil spilled in Parleys Canyon on Wednesday following a tanker accident there.

Contributing:Shara Park and Linda Williams

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