Car catches fire after hitting light pole on Redwood Road

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 17:17:15-04

SALT LAKE CITY - A car crashed into a utility pole on Redwood Rd. at I-80 westbound and sparked a fire Friday afternoon.

The flames spread, causing a small grass fire.

Authorities closed the right lanes as well as the ramp to I-80 westbound and asked drivers to avoid the area, and crews quickly extinguished the blaze. While the lanes have since reopened, as of 3 p.m. traffic was still backed up in the area.

Det. Richard Chipping with the Salt Lake City Police Department said the crash occurred when a car went to make a left hand turn against traffic and another vehicle collided with it, sending the first car into the pole.

The car caught fire after colliding with the pole. All injuries associated with the crash are minor.

Traffic lights were in "flash mode" in all directions on Redwood Rd. near the I-80 eastbound ramp as crews cleaned up after the crash.

Thanks to Fox 13 viewer Joel Ilagan who sent in video of the scene.