Highway reopened after semitrailer removed from reservoir

Highway reopened after semitrailer removed from reservoir

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HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — The Utah Highway Patrol says all lanes of state Route 189 are again open after crews were able to successfully remove a semitrailer carrying butane gas that rolled into Deer Creek Reservoir near Heber City.

The Highway Patrol says removal work was completed Wednesday morning after they first removed the tractor portion of the semi from the reservoir and then the rest.

About 200 gallons of butane and 130 gallons of diesel fuel have spilled into the reservoir, according to a tweet from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

There is a 200-foot sheen of chemicals extending into the water, but it has been contained by booms and curtains, the agency said. Cleanup was set to begin shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Highway Patrol, the driver wasn't hurt in the accident Tuesday.

Deer Creek Reservoir is 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

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Contributing: Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com


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