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overnight car fire in Draper causes lane closures on I-15

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Posted at 7:58 AM, Mar 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-07 09:58:38-05

DRAPER, Utah — Minor injuries were reported after an accident on Interstate 15 near Draper ended in a car fire early Saturday morning.

At about midnight, Utah Highway Patrol responded to the car fire on I-15 northbound near the 12300 South exit.

UHP officials say a van was traveling at a slow rate of speed in the exit lane when a silver sedan, about two lanes away, suddenly jerked and hit the back of the van.

The impact caused the van to hit the cement wall and catch fire, according to UHP. Investigators say they don’t think drugs or alcohol were involved, but speed and distractions may be to blame.

The right three lanes of the road were closed for about an hour as crews cleaned up large amounts of debris and fluids that could be hazardous to other drivers.

The driver of the van was able to get out before the fire started and was unharmed. The driver and passenger of the silver car had minor injuries and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.