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Minor injuries, traffic delayed after wind topples two semis on I-80

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Posted at 7:46 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 21:49:25-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Traffic was diverted for about two hours Friday after the wind knocked over two semi-trailers on I-80 in Tooele County.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, two eastbound semis were near mile post 84 on I-80 when both were blown over within about 5 minutes of each other around 5:15 p.m.

The pair of semis blocked the highway for about two hours until one truck was removed to allow a single travel lane to reopen.

Police said there were minor injuries after the pair of crashes, and a small amount of engine oil was also spilled.

Strong winds were expected to complicate travel conditions on I-80 and several other major roadways in Utah this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re expecting winds of about 40 to 50 miles per hour, with gusts of over 60 miles per hour, so, be prepared,” Meteorologist Mark Struthwolf said Thursday.

Issues are expected to be most prevalent for east-west travel on I-80 and I-84, and there may also be issues along Highway 50 and Route 6 near Delta.

Watch News at Nine Friday for the latest on weather conditions from chief meteorologist Brett Benson. Track weather in real-time with our interactive maps and radar.