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Truck Overturns, Spills Fertilizer onto Roadway

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

Hundreds of pounds of fertilizer were spilled in Provo Canyon on Tuesday afternoon after a semi-truck overturned.

Details about the Semi-Truck Accident

According to Desert News in Utah is reporting that a semi-trailer overturned at about 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday near Canyon Glen Park in Provo Canyon. The accident took a few hours to be cleaned up.

The Orem Police Department and the Utah Department of Transportation said on their social media accounts that the canyon had been reopened at about 5:45 p.m.

Sergeant Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said that the truck, which had been hauling ammonium nitrate fertilizer granules, turned over at about 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 189. The cause of the accident is currently unknown, but about 100 pounds of pounds of the explosive fertilizer were spilled out onto the highway.

A section of the roadway from mile-marker 8 through mile-marker 11 was closed off during the latter part of the afternoon so crews could clean up the material that had spilled.

Sergeant Royce said that the driver of the truck was alert and walking around after the accident occurred, but was transported to an area hospital via ambulance as a precaution.

Important Information about Trucking Accidents in the United States

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • In the ten year period from 2002-2012, here was a 17 percent decrease in the number of large trucks that were involved in fatal accidents.
  • In 2012, there were approximately 317,000 accidents involving large trucks that were reported to the police.
  • Single-vehicle accidents involving large trucks counted for 21 percent of all fatal accidents involving large trucks.


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