Maverik tanker overturns on U.S. 40
May 12, 2015
A Maverik double tanker truck loaded with crude oil overturned early Tuesday morning on U.S. 40, resulting in traffic delays for the better part of the morning as crews worked to remove the trailer.
The tank was not ruptured and no oil leaked as a result of the accident, which occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m., according to Todd Royce, a Utah Highway Patrol sergeant.
Traffic was reduced to one northbound lane as crews worked to unload a bulk of the crude oil before they could put the truck upright, Royce said.
The driver, who was not identified, hit an abandoned utility trailer that was parked on the right side of the road in the emergency lane. For an unknown reason, the driver left his lane and rear-ended the utility trailer causing the truck and the first tank to tip over.
Royce said the driver sustained only minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital. He said an investigation into the accident is currently underway to determine the cause and whether any citations will be issued, adding that there were no indications that drugs or alcohol were a factor.