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Westbound I-80 reopens after semi hauling ice cream ignites near Parleys Canyon

Posted at 6:21 AM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 12:48:43-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY - Westbound I-80 has reopened after a semi hauling ice cream caught fire and sparked a brush fire alongside the road overnight.

The fire broke out around midnight on I-80 in the area of 2800 East, and it forced officials to close westbound I-80 between 1300 East and the mouth of Parleys Canyon as crews cleaned up the scene.

Authorities say the brakes on the vehicle overheated, causing the semi to catch fire. The driver pulled over and got out of the vehicle.

The vehicle fire also ignited some grass along the highway. Crews extinguished the vehicle fire and resulting brush fire.

While no injuries were reported, all of the ice cream the semi was hauling appears to be a loss.