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Collision of 2 semis tangles American Fork traffic

AMERICAN FORK — A two-semi accident on I-15 Friday morning tangled traffic for more than an hour as crews cleaned up broken truck parts and spilled diesel fuel.

A third truck carrying an oversize load of tubing or pipes had stopped on I-15 southbound right before mile post 276 in American Fork because the driver realized his rig was too tall to go under the overpass, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Cameron Roden.

To avoid hitting the bridge, the driver stopped in traffic, the lesser of two evils, and caused a semi behind him to swerve. That semi then sideswiped another semi, puncturing its gas tank. No one was injured, Roden said.

The two right-hand lanes were blocked and traffic was diverted slightly as fire and Hazardous Materials crews were called in to clean up the nearly 30 gallons of fuel from a leaking 50-gallon tank. They worked for 45 minutes before opening those lanes.

The third lane was closed for another 45 minutes until everything was cleared.

The semi driver who swerved was cited for failing to stay in one lane of travel, Roden said.