Diesel fire slows I-80
June 25, 2013
A semi truck caught fire and stopped traffic on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 on Saturday, June 22. According to Utah Highway Patrol Corp. Todd Johnson, the semi fire caused the rupturing of the truck’s fuel compartment, spilling diesel fuel on the road.
The incident occurred at 3:35 p.m. near mile marker 135 of Interstate 80 East. The truck was driven by Rafael Irizarry from Bronx, New York. According to Johnson, Irizarry was driving at 35 miles per hour on the freeway when he noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. The pavement was damaged on the third lane from the fire, but repairs were made by the Utah Department of Transportation. The cause of the fire is unknown.
No injuries occurred in the incident, and the United Fire Authority’s hazardous materials team arrived on the scene to clean up the spilled diesel fuel. There were no citations and traffic was returned to normal by 7:45 p.m. on Saturday.
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