I-80 crash causes grass fire in Magna

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Courtesy: UDOT

MAGNA, Utah (ABC4) – A grass fire broke out in Magna after a vehicle drove of the shoulder of I-80 Thursday afternoon.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), the crash happened after the driver of a white Acura MDX was “driving aggressively” on westbound I-80.

As the driver tried to change lanes behind another vehicle, they saw an oncoming semi-truck. The driver attempted to avoid the crash but overcorrected, causing them to drive into a ditch on the right side of I-80.

UHP says the car then burst into flames, setting fire to a nearby field.

These images from a nearby traffic camera show heavy smoke and flames billowing into the air just off the shoulder of I-80.

Fortunately, everyone inside the car was able to get outside of the car safely. No injuries were reported in the crash.

As of 6:05 p.m., crews on scene were able to contain the grass fire, according to officials.

Westbound traffic in the area will be closed to one lane until further notice, officials say.

The scene is currently being investigated by authorities. No further information is available at this time.

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