Semi-Truck Overturns in Provo Canyon

Semi-Truck Overturns in Provo Canyon


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(KSL News) Highway 189 through Provo Canyon was shut down for several hours tonight, when a semi hauling an empty milk trailer overturned.

The truck was headed westbound, down the canyon, when the driver lost control after trying to pick up something in the cab. The truck crashed through the center guard rail, and then rolled, coming to rest in the eastbound lanes right next to the Provo River.

HAZMAT crews were called to the scene because the truck's fuel tanks were leaking about 125 gallons of diesel.

Sgt. Brett Christensen, Utah Highway Patrol: "The fuel tanks were ruptured and were leaking fuel and it did get down into the water in the Provo River. We immediately called the Provo River Water Users Association and let them know so they could shut off their intake valves below here and try to protect the water supply for the Salt Lake Valley."

No other vehicles were involved; the driver had minor injuries. The wreck caused a traffic back-up for several miles in both directions. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Associated Press reports the driver has been cited for failure to maintain control on a mountain road.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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