An out-of-control car hit a fuel tanker early Monday morning, causing the tanker to spill its load and the car to catch on fire, closing Interstate 15 for much of the day.
The wreck occurred between Clancy and Montana City just before 8:30 a.m. Monday. According to trooper Griffin Sutherland, the driver of the passenger car suffered minor injuries while the semitruck driver was unhurt.
Sutherland said the passenger car was heading north on I-15 and the fuel tanker was going south when the passenger car went off the left side of the roadway, rotated through the median and hit the semitrailer. The passenger vehicle bounced off the side of the semitrailer and then caught on fire, Sutherland said.
"(People) were on scene assisting the driver getting out of the vehicle," Sutherland said, but he was unsure of their identities.
The fuel tanker was hauling two trailers, the second of which detached from the semitruck and rolled on I-15, dumping fuel on the interstate. The first trailer and the semitruck continued onward.
Update on #TrafficAlert. Detour on Interstate 15 between Montana City and Clancy still in effect for a while. Do NOT bypass roadblocks, 2 people already were cited. This is a hazmat situation until all fuel is cleaned up. Thanks for your patience.— Trooper Amanda Villa (@TrooperAVilla) January 7, 2019
Hazardous material crews were on-site late into the afternoon, and other workers were emptying the detached trailer of fuel before they could remove the trailer from the road and begin cleanup. Traffic was detoured onto the frontage road during cleanup.
The interstate reopened late Monday afternoon, with the southbound lane reopened at 3:30 p.m. and northbound at 4:20 p.m., according to MDT spokeswoman Lori Ryan.
A tweet sent by Trooper Amanda Villa said two people had been cited for reckless driving by going through the roadblocks.