Double tanker rollover spills butane on I-15 near Lehi; lanes in both directions now open


A fuel tanker has rolled over on northbound Interstate 15 near Lehi, closing lanes in both directions. (Photo courtesy of Clinton Snyder)

UPDATE (Nov. 30 at 8:20 p.m.) - All lanes are now open in both directions. Some delays will be expected.

UPDATE (Nov. 30 at 7:50 p.m.) – Southbound lanes are now open on I-15 in Lehi.

UPDATE (Nov. 30 at 7:40 p.m.) – The fuel tanker is still covering the northbound lanes. The predicted reopening of the northbound lanes at 7 p.m. is no longer the case, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. It is currently unknown when the tanker will be fully removed from the I-15 lanes. Southbound lanes are closed as well. The residents in the area who were evacuated, around 100 people, earlier today were just given clearance to return home.

UPDATE (Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.) – Northbound lanes open around 7 p.m. once the truck gets removed. Southbound will reopen around 5 p.m.

UPDATE (Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.) – Utah Highway Patrol has instructed drivers to use the following alternate routes until the hazmat situation is cleaned up: southbound vehicles divert to state Route 92 and northbound vehicles divert off the freeway to Main Street in Lehi. From there, drivers should utilize State Street to 2100 north to reconnect to I-15. The 2100 North SB on-ramp is closed.

(ORIGINAL STORY) – A fuel tanker has rolled over on northbound Interstate 15 near Lehi, spilling butane, closing lanes in both directions and prompting evacuations for homes near the area.

According to Pleasant Grove City Fire Department, a major accident involving a tanker rollover occurred near exit 282 has units from multiple agencies responding.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Zagg told 2News that they're not sure how the double trailer semi-truck rolled but it has spilled butane. Hazmat crews, UHP and firefighters are on the scene.

UHP also told 2News that they've evacuated an elderly persons' home near the area and that they've reduced the evacuation radius from one mile to a half-mile. An Evacuation Center is in place for the evacuees at 2600 N 700 W in Lehi.

UDOT tweeted out that all northbound lanes are closed and both agencies ask drivers to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

Zagg stated that lane closures have grown to both northbound and southbound lanes.

Officials told 2News that they're currently transferring the butane into another truck, which is expected to take at least an hour and a half to complete. Then, evacuations and the southbound lates will be lifted and opened.

Northbound lanes won't open until the truck is removed from the highway but they did not confirm when those lanes will open.

If anyone is attempting to travel to the Salt Lake area from southern Utah County or further south, UHP advises drivers to divert through Heber by Highway 189 or through Tooele by Highway 73 to avoid the road closures.

There are no serious injuries reported as of 11:13 a.m. Saturday.

2News will update the story as more information becomes available.