BRIGHAM CITY — A tanker truck filled with propane crashed Tuesday afternoon, causing the gas to leak from the tanker and prompting the closure of I-15.
The incident happened about 1:50 p.m. at the bottom of the northbound I-15 off-ramp leading to state Route 13, or approximately 900 North and 2000 West, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.
Troopers let the gas disperse from the tanker before attempting to upright it, Royce said. The truck was carrying a fully loaded propane tanker and a smaller trailer carrying a pump.
The propane spill caused I-15 to be closed in both directions for about 45 minutes, delaying motorists, UHP Sgt. Shane Nebeker said. S.R. 13 was closed in both directions until shortly before 8 p.m.
Police believe the truck driver was traveling too fast on the I-15 off-ramp onto S.R. 13, Nebeker said.
Firefighters allowed the truck to empty out the flammable gas to a degree before moving it back into an upright position. A few nearby businesses were evacuated while the truck's vents released the propane, which the vehicle is designed to do in a crash, Nebeker said.
A nearby railroad line was also temporarily closed as a precaution.
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