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UHP Blames Tanker Wreck on Bad Brakes

UHP Blames Tanker Wreck on Bad Brakes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah Highway Patrol investigation is blaming faulty brakes for a tanker truck crash that sparked a butane fireball.

The accident earlier this month forced the evacuation of about 15-hundred people in the Fruit Heights area.

In its final report of the accident released yesterday, the Patrol says the brakes on both tanker trailers of the Flying J truck carrying the butane were out of adjustment. The accident happened after the truck was unable to stop for a red light.

Officers say if they had pulled the truck over before the accident, they wouldn't have allowed it to continue on the road.

The Patrol says it's the truck driver's responsibility to make sure the vehicle is working right.

Prosecutor say they will file criminal charges Monday against the driver, a 28-year-old Taylorsville man.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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