Semi with corrosive hazardous material rolls, blocks northbound I-15

Both lanes of northbound travel on Interstate 15 closed after a semitractor-trailer hauling corrosive hazardous material rolled at milepost 203, Scipio, Utah, Nov. 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Both lanes of northbound travel on Interstate 15 were closed near Scipio Wednesday morning after a semitractor-trailer rolled while hauling corrosive hazardous material.

Both Interstate 15 northbound lanes of travel were closed after a semitractor-trailer hauling corrosive hazardous material rolled at milepost 203, Scipio, Utah, Nov. 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
Both lanes of northbound travel on Interstate 15 closed after a semitractor-trailer hauling corrosive hazardous material rolled at milepost 203, Scipio, Utah, Nov. 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

The semi, hauling a single trailer, was northbound on I-15 at milepost 203 when it crashed at approximately 5 a.m., according to a statement issued by the Utah Highway Patrol Wednesday.

For an unknown reason, officials said, the driver of the semi went off the road to the left before overcorrecting to the right, causing the truck and trailer to roll onto their left side.

The semi slid 100 feet before coming to rest, blocking both northbound travel lanes with the trailer, according to UHP officials.

The semi was hauling corrosive hazardous material used for car batteries when it crashed, officials said, adding that a hazardous material team was on scene.

No injuries were reported.

As a result of the crash, northbound lanes were closed, and northbound traffic was routed off at the Scipio exit to southbound US-50, then to state Route 89 through Gunnison, to northbound state Route 28 through Levan and then back onto I-15 at Nephi.

I-15 was closed for approximately 8 to 10 hours, authorities said, but southbound traffic was not affected.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • .... November 24, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Well the area was cleaned up and thankfully their was no serious injury or loss of life. Praise the Lord !

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