Tanker rollover diverts traffic off I-215 in Murray; road rage a possible factor

Posted at 12:07 PM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 20:00:11-05

MURRAY, Utah -- A tanker rollover on eastbound Interstate 215 temporarily blocked four lanes of traffic, forcing motorists to be diverted off the highway, and police believe road rage may have contributed to the crash.

At about 11:30 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol responded to the accident at mile marker 11, near the 300 West exit in Murray.  All but one of the lanes of traffic was temporarily blocked.

UHP said speeding and road rage are believed to be factors. Sgt. Chad Hecker said the driver of the semi was apparently speeding.

"He was coming around that ramp obviously a little too fast, apparently there was a small red vehicle that felt like the semi truck cut him off," he said.

That's when the alleged road rage factored in.

"Witnesses state that the red vehicle pulled in front of him and tapped the brakes in front of him," Hecker said. "Speed along with that red car attempting to show it's.... displeasure, I guess, caused the vehicle to roll on its side."

The driver of the semi was not injured, but police are still searching for the driver of the red passenger vehicle.

The freeway reopened several hours later.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.