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Propane truck accident seriously injures one, fuel leak forces evacuations

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-13 16:48:24-04

WEST VALLEY CITY -- A portion of Redwood Road was closed and several homes and businesses were evacuated after a car accident involving a propane truck.

A propane tanker collided with another vehicle and was turned on its side on Saturday morning on 7800 South between 2200 West and Redwood Road. The truck began leaking fuel, which caused road closures and evacuations of homes and businesses in the area.

Lt. J.C. Holt, West Jordan Police Department, said the accident involved a Toyota passenger car and a truck filled with propane.

“The propane truck was traveling westbound,” he said. “The car was traveling eastbound, both along 7800 south. It’s my understanding the passenger car tried to make a left turn into McDonald’s or the Goodyear parking lot when it collided with the propane truck.”

The driver of the passenger car was taken by helicopter to a hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the truck is OK. Holt said the truck began leaking propane, which caused issues in nearby areas.

“We have several businesses that have been affected because we had to evacuate them due to the propane leak,” he said.

Emergency responders sealed off the leak quickly, but a dozen businesses and five homes were evacuated as a safety precaution. Another tanker truck was brought in to take the propane away from the overturned truck so the vehicle could be moved away from the scene of the accident.