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Layton man critically hurt in tanker crash; crews cleaning up 5,000 gallon oil spill

(Geoff Liesik/Deseret News)


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MYTON, Duchesne County — A Layton man was critically hurt Saturday when he rolled a tanker truck off Nine Mile Road south of Myton, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened about 8:40 p.m. when the driver of a truck owned by Salt Lake City-based Rockwell Transport failed to negotiate a turn on the two-lane road about 8 miles south of U.S. 40, UHP trooper Garland Pierce said. A passerby found the crash and called for help.

The 44-year-old driver of the tanker truck was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center with injuries to his head, chest and back, troopers said. He was later flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. His name was not released.

The crash ruptured both of the tanks the truck was hauling, spilling an estimated 5,000 gallons of crude oil into a dry wash, according to Darrin Brown, director of environmental health for the TriCounty Health Department. The spill traveled about a mile down the wash before the waxy crude oil hardened, Brown said.

Crews were at the scene Sunday cleaning up the oil and removing the wreckage. The goal was to have the spill cleaned up before rain moved into the area and carried the oil farther down the wash, Brown said.

The crash closed Nine Mile Road in both directions for several hours.

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