SALT LAKE CITY — Despite a jackknife crash leaving a semitruck cab dangling off an overpass, the driver of the truck was able to escape uninjured, authorities said Monday.
The crash took place just before 11 a.m. on northbound I-215 West, on the ramp to westbound I-80, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.
Photos from the crash scene taken by the Salt Lake City Fire Department show a semitruck cab dangling off the side of an overpass. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle with no injuries, the fire department said.
Hazmat crews on scene of a semi accident 215 North bound to I-80 West bound. No injuries, driver self extricated. Avoid area including I-80EB to 215 SB traffic experiencing sever backups. pic.twitter.com/iAblYHxKd4— Salt Lake City Fire Department (@slcfire) August 2, 2021
Further details about what led up to the crash weren't immediately available.
A hazardous materials crew was called to the scene, the fire department said, but the reason was not clear.
As of 11 a.m., the ramp to westbound I-80 is closed and drivers are asked to use an alternate route, UDOT said. The ramp was expected to be closed until 4 p.m. while crews remove the semitruck and fix the barrier, Utah Highway Patrol troopers said.