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Diesel spill after semi jack-knifes at I-80, I-15 interchange causes road closure

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Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-03 19:06:40-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Diesel spilled after a double trailer semi truck jack-knifed at the Interstate 15 and I-80 interchange has kept the roadway closed causing delays for motorists for several hours Monday.

The accident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. when the driver came around a curve in the interchange, known as the spaghetti bowl, too fast according to Utah Highway Patrol officials.

The roadway reopened about 4 p.m.

Rain throughout the day has resulted in slick roads, officials say. As the double trailer rig came around the curve, it hit the wall, jack-knifed then turn over its load.

Despite the fact there was nothing hazardous in the trailers a lot of diesel fuel was spilled onto the roadway.

Cleanup of the diesel has kept crews from reopening the road causing a traffic backup for several hours.