CEDAR CITY – Hazmat teams spent several hours Wednesday night cleaning up a mess left behind after a semi-tractor hauling sewage lost control of its brakes and tipped over.
Authorities responded at to the crash located at the intersection of state Route 56 and 5300 West at around 5 p.m., Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.
The semi was driving on 5300 West and had tried stopping before merging onto the highway when the driver realized his brakes had failed.
The semi hit the corner of another semi-tractor trailer headed west; causing the semi hauling sewage to tip over on its side due to the speed it was traveling at the time of the crash.
“It was going pretty fast at that point because there were no brakes so there was no way to slow down,” he said.
Investigators believe the brakes failed due to faulty equipment.
“It appears from looking at the brake lines underneath the sewage truck that they had not been repaired or worked on for a while,” Womack added.
Since the sewage is considered hazardous, certified hazmat teams responded to the scene. Cedar City fire crews, that are also hazmat certified, assisted in the cleanup, according to Womack.
The passenger in the semi hauling sewage was transported to Cedar City Hospital but was not believed to have sustained any major injuries, the sergeant said.
Utah Highway Patrol and Gold Cross Ambulance also assisted on the call.
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