I-80 closed after semi sideswipes trooper, 2 other vehicles before crashing


A semi sideswiped a Utah Freeway Patrol car and one other semi on I-80 in Tooele County on Wednesday earlier than rolling and catching hearth. All westbound lanes close to Grantsville have been anticipated to stay closed for a number of hours. (Utah Freeway Patrol)

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GRANTSVILLE — A semitruck driver who was attempting to vary lanes to provide a Utah Freeway Patrol trooper room, ended up hitting one other automotive, the trooper’s car, and the semi the trooper had pulled over earlier than his rig rolled and caught hearth, based on the UHP.

The crash and cleanup shut down all westbound lanes of I-80 close to Grantsville. Troopers have been engaged on opening up one lane later Wednesday, and have been sending a crew to place a barricade up for lane cleanup on the opposite, mentioned UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden. He anticipated the cleanup to enter the late afternoon, and did not suppose the freeway could be absolutely reopened till late night.

The crash occurred at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. A trooper had pulled over a semi on the best shoulder of I-80, Roden mentioned. The trooper’s patrol SUV was parked behind the semi-tractor trailer, and the trooper was on the cab’s passenger door speaking to the driving force when a second semi approached.

The oncoming semi was in the best lane and tried to modify to the left lane to provide the trooper room, Roden mentioned. Nevertheless, the driving force didn’t see one other car in his blind spot and hit the automotive, he mentioned.

When that occurred, the semi tried to rapidly appropriate into the best lane and ended up side-swiping each the trooper’s car and the semi that was pulled over. Each autos have been considerably broken, Roden mentioned.

The second semi ended up touring a bit additional down I-80 after hitting the autos earlier than rolling onto its facet. The cab of the semi got here to a cease within the median and caught hearth, Roden mentioned. The driving force was in a position to get out earlier than the cab was absolutely engulfed.

The trailer and the load of eggs it was hauling ended up blocking all lanes of site visitors. The street was anticipated to stay closed for a number of hours as crews cleaned up the wreck and received the eggs off the street.

A person and lady within the car that was hit have been taken to an area hospital with accidents not thought of to be life-threatening. The driving force of the semi that hit the autos was not injured, nor was the trooper of the semi driver already pulled over.

The investigation into the crash, and whether or not the semi driver could be cited, was ongoing as of Wednesday afternoon.

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