Drivers want something to blame for backup
October 7, 2008
Commuters at Kimball Junction stuck in traffic Tuesday morning were looking for something to blame.
A semi-truck turned over in Parleys Canyon Monday at about 10 p.m. forcing the partial closure of eastbound Interstate 80 for the rest of the night, the authorities said.
The truck rolled over near Lambs Canyon, said Cameron Roden, a spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.
"[The driver] was going too fast for the curve there and he went off to the left, hit the cable barrier and rolled into the eastbound lane," Roden said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Wreckage temporarily blocked the left lane on westbound Interstate 80, Roden explained, adding that the truck driver, who was traveling toward Salt Lake City, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The man was hauling inventory to Sam’s Club for Swift Transportation, Roden said, adding that no hazardous materials spilled onto the road.
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"As of about 6 o’clock this morning I know they were still working on offloading all cargo from the semi," Roden said. "They had to bring in a crane to upright the trailer and the tractor They were going to have to block a little bit of westbound to get the cab of the truck upright and out of there."
But that crash did not contribute to traffic backups at Kimball Junction Tuesday morning, he said.
"That slowdown was all due to construction," Roden said.
A new traffic signal that is not fully operational at the intersection of Landmark Drive and State Road 224 could be to blame.
"Right now it is on a fixed pattern but once we get more equipment in, it will respond and adjust," Summit County traffic engineer Kent Wilkerson said.
The new traffic signal should be fully operational within two weeks, he said.
Meanwhile, a morning car fire and separate traffic crash on eastbound Interstate 80 did not contribute to the slowdown at Kimball Junction, Roden said.
"They had the fire moved off enough that traffic got by it," Roden said, adding that the fender bender caused no serious injuries.
Cars were flowing smoothly through I-80 construction between Kimball Junction and U.S. 40, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Adan Carrillo said.
"The backups were created by people getting off the ramp at Kimball Junction and backing up onto mainline I-80," Carrillo said.