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Tooele, UT (April 20, 2022) – Sections of Interstate 80 were shut down until Wednesday morning following a serious accident on Tuesday, April 19th. 

At about 3:15 p.m., a tractor-trailer heading westbound near Silver Creek Canyon caught fire. The truck was pulling to the right when the driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll. 

The tractor-trailer was hauling organic peroxide, a highly flammable chemical compound, which became compromised in the accident and caught fire. Residents were instructed to shelter in place due to the hazardous gas released into the air.  

Both directions of the interstate were shut down as emergency crews dealt with the situation. The eastbound lanes were held until around 8 p.m while the westbound lanes reopened closer to 4 a.m.

Both directions of the Rail Trail in Silver Creek Canyon also remained closed for fear of potential water contamination.

The truck operator sustained non-critical injuries during the crash, which officials investigating the accident believe was caused by equipment failure. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Trucking Accidents in Utah

Between 1992 and 2002, the number of tractor-trailers involved in deadly collisions has seen a 10% increase caused mainly by preventable circumstances such as driver fatigue, unsafe truck operation, oversized and unbalanced payloads, and faulty equipment. Accidents involving oversized commercial trucks are also subject to the same causative factors as other vehicles, including driver fatigue, drunk driving, driver error, equipment malfunction, and insufficient maintenance.

Tractor-trailer accidents that are frequently caused by company and/or operator negligence include overloaded or overweight trailers, defective truck parts, inadequate or no maintenance, insufficient driver training, speeding, or other illegal driving habits, especially when coupled with bad weather or road conditions, and drivers who are fatigued from being overworked who are more likely to make miscalculations and other errors of judgment. 

Tooele Tractor-Trailer Injury Lawyers

When a collision caused by another motorist’s negligence causes harm to other people, the injured victims need to seek legal guidance from a personal injury attorney in Tooele. Whenever somebody is hurt and another person is the cause, they are qualified to obtain compensation for their losses.

The Tooele personal injury lawyers at Jardine Law Offices P. C., make sure that our clients receive justice. We do everything we can to ensure that our clients collect the maximum amount of compensation supported by their claims. 

If you were injured in a car accident because of another person’s actions, contact our Utah truck accident attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation to see how we can help you.

Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. 

Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have worked hard through the years to build a solid business reputation in the community. We write about these serious incidents to bring awareness about the dangers associated with driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being involved in a serious accident themselves. This story is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not taken from the scene of this accident.