TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Interstate 80 was shut down for several hours in Tooele County after a tanker truck collided with a commercial vehicle, spilling fuel across the freeway Tuesday morning.
Deputies with the Utah Highway Patrol said the crash happened at 09:18 a.m. on I-80 east at exit 99 near SR-36.
A contractor was servicing the portable toilets in the construction area of a ramp reconstruction project and was driving a tanker truck with a 5000-gallon tank. The driver attempted to drive across the eastbound lanes of I-80 when he pulled out in front of a commercial vehicle pulling doubles loaded with a gravel rock product.
Deputies said the commercial vehicle tried to avoid the tanker truck but was unable to.
The impact caused a substantial fuel spill and the 5000-gallon tank broke open.
The driver of the commercial vehicle was treated on the scene and the driver of the tanker truck was transported to Mountain West Hospital in good condition.
A passenger of the tanker truck was flown to the University of Utah hospital in fair condition with a head and leg injury.
Both vehicles sustained major damage blocked the eastbound lanes of I-80.