Boulder on Interstate 80 causes rollover accident
A 30-year-old semitruck driver had to be extricated from the cab
March 9, 2017
Emergency responders spent more than an hour carefully removing a 30-year-old man from the cab of a semitruck as it teetered over the edge of a 100-foot-drop on Interstate 80 near Echo Reservoir Wednesday night.
At around 9:12 p.m., the driver reportedly hit a large boulder that had fallen off the hill onto the westbound lanes of the Interstate near mile marker 164, according to the Sgt. Jed Jorgenson, of the Utah Highway Patrol. The impact caused the semi to roll several times over the guardrail until it came to a rest.
Jorgenson said the driver was wearing a seatbelt and did not sustain any serious injuries. However, he was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.
Crews from the North Summit and Park City Fire Districts responded to the scene. The Interstate was intermittently closed for several hours while crews cleaned up the debris. At around noon on Thursday, one lane was still partially closed.
"We get some rocks occasionally in that area, but is usually when it rains and when it is wet," Jorgenson said. "It is definitely rare."