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US 6 reopened after semitruck fire

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SPANISH FORK CANYON — All the lanes have been reopened after a vehicle fire on U.S. 6 caused closures and traffic delays early Thursday morning.

A semitruck carrying paper products caught on fire around 4 a.m. while traveling westbound on U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah Highway Patrol said. The driver was able to unhook his truck and drive away from the semitrailer, which was engulfed in flames.

The fire from the semitrailer also spread to several overhead power lines and caused them to fall onto the road, UHP said. The fire department was unable to put out the flames until Rocky Mountain Power officials were able to turn off the power to the fallen lines. The semitrailer was considered a total loss.

The highway was initially closed, but one lane was later reopened and was restricted to one-way alternating traffic during the cleanup of the incident, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. All the lanes were reopened around 9:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and the condition of the driver was not yet been made available.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Contributing: Shara Park

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