NOW: I-80 WB from the I-215 Junction to 2300 E in Salt Lake will be closed for the next few hours after this semi truck caught fire. The driver is OK. I’m live all morning with updates on @ABC4GMU. pic.twitter.com/ygqSGjuQze— Brittany (@BJohnsonABC4) July 9, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A portion of I-80 Westbound was closed for several hours Monday morning after a semi truck caught on fire.
Salt Lake City firefighters were called to the scene around midnight.
The I-215 Junction to 2300 East was shut down for about 10 hours.
Capt. Matt Taylor, Salt Lake City Fire Department the driver of the semi was coming down I-80 Westbound when his breaks overheated and started the fire.
Multiple people, including the driver of the semi, called in to report the incident.
Capt. Taylor tells News4Utah that the tightly packed ice cream being hauled by the truck, made it difficult for them to put out the flames.
“It was tightly packed in there,” said Taylor. “It was just smoldering because of our water supply issues and pouring more water wasn’t going to solve our problem until the tow truck company got here and was able to break up and get some product out of the trailer.”
The Air National Guard was called in to help firefighters with water supply.
The driver of the semi is not hurt.