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Fiery crash shuts down Utah I-80 and backs traffic to Rawlins

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

Emergency personnel responded to a fiery crash on I80 in Echo Canyon in Utah early Wednesday morning that closed the interstate. COURTESY PHOTO/North Summit Fire Department.

By Bryon Glathar

Herald Managing Editor

ECHO CANYON, Utah — A fiery accident involving two semi-trucks on westbound Interstate 80 at milepost 182 in Echo Canyon left hundreds of motorists either stranded in Evanston or forced to alternate routes Wednesday.

According to Tyler Rowser of the North Summit Fire District, the crash occurred around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, when a semi carrying about 500 car batteries and drums of acid collided with another semi that was stopped along the road. Rowser said he believes the semi that was struck was partially on the shoulder and partially on the roadway.

The driver of the moving vehicle was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital in “extremely critical condition,” Rowser told the Herald yesterday.

Officials closed I-80 in both directions during a cooperative effort to contain the blaze.

For the complete article see the 07-18-2014 issue.

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