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Spanish Fork ramp closes for tow trucks to remove gas tanker

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Posted at 12:10 PM, Nov 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-29 18:19:09-05

SPANISH FORK, Utah — A freeway ramp near Spanish Fork closed Saturday afternoon while tow trucks worked to remove a semi-truck that caught fire on Interstate 15 Friday afternoon.

The explosion happened just after 2 p.m. on Friday when the truck, carrying thousands of gallons of fuel exploded.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, the driver of the truck lost control as he came around a turn on the ramp and slid off the road, eventually flipping over.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Leslie Shelton, of Colorado, was transported to the University of Utah Hospital’s burn unit.

Shelton remains in critical condition.

Click here to read the previous story: Gas tanker explosion critically injures driver in Spanish Fork