Fatal semi-truck crash closes I-80
December 2, 2011
A fatal semi-truck accident Monday night temporarily closed the westbound lane of Interstate 80 east of Echo Reservoir, according to Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Todd Johnson.
According to Johnson, the accident occurred at 7:55 p.m. when the semi-truck hit the center median and rolled near milepost 172. The driver of the truck, Robert Carpenter, 46, from Caldwell, Idaho, was pronounced dead on the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Johnson said the cause of the accident is still unknown, but troopers are investigating the possibility that Carpenter may have suffered from a medical issue that contributed to the crash.
The semi-truck’s cargo was a non-hazardous material and did not spill, according to Johnson. The westbound lane of Interstate 80 was temporarily closed and traffic was diverted to a frontage road.
The accident marks the second time a semi-truck accident has closed I-80 in Summit County in the past week.
Earlier in the day, a semi-truck collision on U.S. 40 near Daniel’s Summit resulted in the closure of the highway in both directions for four hours.
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According to Johnson, at 1:30 p.m., a fuel tanker was rear ended by another semi-truck while traveling eastbound near milepost 51. The fuel tank and the second semi-truck lit on fire. No one was injured in the accident. Traffic was diverted until 5:30 p.m. when U.S. 40 was reopened.