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Flames engulf semi-truck on impact

Fire crews work to contain a blaze that had fully engulfed an overturned semi-truck Friday, Feb. 12, in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. The accident closed the westbound lanes for several hours. The driver, 21, of Michigan, was issued a citation for unsafe lane travel. (Courtesy of North Summit Fire District)

Several lanes of Interstate 80 were closed Friday, Feb. 12, near Echo Junction after a semi-truck smashed into a concrete barrier and ignited.

The driver, 21, of Michigan, and a passenger, 31, also of Michigan, escaped with minor injuries. They were transported to Park City Medical Center for smoke inhalation before being treated and released.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., the semi was traveling west along I-80 near milepost 169 when for an unknown reason the driver ran off the road. The truck hit the guardrail and the concrete barrier, breaking on impact, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The truck, which was carrying food, overturned on the shoulder of the Interstate and became fully engulfed in flames.

Tyler Rowser, a public information officer for the North Summit Fire District, said the flames were "shooting up over the bridges above" when fire crews arrived. Rowser said a mixture of diesel and oil were also released into the storm drain system. However, he said it did not threaten any tributaries that flow into the water system.

Traffic was diverted to Interstate 84, causing minor delays. Crews cleared the scene at approximately 11:45 p.m. and all four lanes were reopened Saturday afternoon.

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According to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Randall Richey, the driver was cited for unsafe lane travel and speed also appears to have been a factor.