The Department of Public Safety Says the accident happened after the semi driver attempted to pass another semi around a curve, lost control, rolled and caught fire.
"The vehicle was probably going to fast for the curves in this area. The rear tanker over turned when the pub overturned it also caught fire and was fully engulfed,” said Captain Mark Zesinger with the Utah Highway Patrol.
UHP says the fire started to quickly spread to the back of the main trailer while the gas leaked along both sides of the highway.
“It was hauling about 10,000 gallons total I’ve been told there were about 3,700 gallons in the rear trailer that over turned,” said Captain Zesiger.
As a precautionary traffic was stopped for several hours from mile post 103 to 112 while firefighters & hazmat crews put out the flames and prevented the leak from running off into the river and causing further environmental damage.
Fire captain Casey Naef tells ABC 4 Utah they used dirt to try and stop that gas from spreading further. He also tells us how difficult it was for his crews to respond.
“As far as difficulty it wasn't that difficult just go through the steps, life safety incident preservation, and environmental protection 35:37
UHP says the driver was cited for speeding. He didn't tell us how fast he was going, but says the speed limit is 55 miles per hour for semi trucks.