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Truck accident on I-80 kills rider

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A Missouri man is dead after the semitrailer truck he was riding in rolled on I-80, shutting down east lanes of the freeway for several hours Thursday morning.

Killed was:

Terry Shipman, 37.

Shipman was resting in the truck's sleeper when the accident happened about 3:30 a.m. The semi rolled as it drove east from an the newly opened offramp connecting eastbound I-80 with southbound I-15, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Chugg said.

Eastbound I-80 was still shut down at 9 a.m. while crews tried to remove the tipped semi from the freeway.

The truck's driver, Karl Jackson, 45, was taken to LDS Hospital with bruises and lacerations to his arms. He was being treated in the emergency room Thursday morning, according to hospital spokesman Jess Gomez.

Thursday morning's accident was the second this week on I-80 involving a semi truck and excessive speed, UHP Sgt. Doug McCleve said.

Eastbound lanes of I-80 were closed Tuesday afternoon and westbound lanes didn't reopen until 5 a.m. Wednesday after a semi rolled near the mouth of Parleys Canyon, spilling 2,000 gallons of transmission fluid and hydraulic fluid. The driver suffered only minor injuries but was cited for improper lane travel, McCleve said.