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2nd semitruck crashes atop Salt Lake City freeway ramp Thursday afternoon

An RC Willey truck that collided with the median on I-215 west near I-80 is pictured in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. According to Utah Highway Patrol officials, the truck was traveling northbound on I-215 west when it veered to the left, striking and then going over, and onto, the concrete barrier. The semi slid along the top of the concrete barrier for about 50 yards before coming to rest. The tractor of the semi was hanging over the edge of the structure, approximately 50 feet above traffic.

An RC Willey truck that collided with the median on I-215 west near I-80 is pictured in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 24, 2021. According to Utah Highway Patrol officials, the truck was traveling northbound on I-215 west when it veered to the left, striking and then going over, and onto, the concrete barrier. The semi slid along the top of the concrete barrier for about 50 yards before coming to rest. The tractor of the semi was hanging over the edge of the structure, approximately 50 feet above traffic. (Annie Barker, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY — A semitruck crashed onto the concrete barrier Thursday at about 3:35 p.m., forcing the closure of several ramps at the I-215 West and I-80 junction in Salt Lake City, Utah Department of Transportation officials said.

No one was injured in the incident.

The semitruck was northbound on I-215 west near I-80 when the truck veered to the left, striking and then going onto the concrete barrier, Utah Highway Patrol officials said.

The semitruck traveled about 50 yards on top of the barrier before coming to a stop on the edge of the structure. The cabin of the truck hung approximately 50 feet above traffic, according to UHP officials.

UHP said in a release that speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. Neither of the occupants of the semitruck was injured, and the trailer was empty, the release adds.

The crash was reported by UDOT at about 4 p.m. and closed the ramps for northbound I-215 West to westbound I-80; westbound I-80 to southbound I-215 West and eastbound I-80 to northbound I-215 West. By 6:15 p.m., all ramps had been reopened to traffic.

The crash was the second of its type on Thursday. Earlier in the day, a semitruck driver escaped injury after losing control of the truck and jumping a barrier on the ramp from southbound I-15 to westbound I-215, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

UDOT first reported the crash shortly before 6:30 a.m. The driver lost control while navigating the curve on the ramp, UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden said. He did not know what caused the driver to lose control.

Footage from a nearby UDOT traffic camera showed the trailer of the semitruck resting on top of the barrier. The crash closed the ramp for several hours but it reopened before 10 a.m.

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