Vehicle fire causes lane closures, creates black smoke on NB I-15

Vehicle fire causes lane closures, creates black smoke on NB I-15

(Utah Department of Transportation)

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — A vehicle fire created a large amount of black smoke and caused lane closures on I-15 in South Salt Lake Wednesday morning.

The crash took place on northbound I-15 near 3800 South in South Salt Lake, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

As of 1 p.m., two left lanes were still blocked in the area as crews cleaned up the scene, UDOT said. By Wednesday evening, lanes were reopened, according to the UDOT incident accident list.

A man who was driving a dump truck had a medical issue that caused him to drift through some lanes, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street. He did not collide with any other cars, but he hit the median and dragged against it, which caused the truck to catch fire, Street said.

Some drivers who were passing by pulled over and got the dump truck driver out of the vehicle.

The collision also caused the median to protruded about 6 or 7 feet into the southbound lanes, Street said. UDOT was working to fix the median, he added.

Some fuel got into a drain in the area, and the Utah Department of Health was looking into that issue, Street said.

Firefighters from Unified Fire Authority, Murray Fire Department and South Salt Lake Fire Department all responded to the crash, Street said.

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