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Semi-truck crashes into barrier, catches fire on I-80

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A semi truck caught fire early Wednesday morning after it crashed on Interstate 80. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- A semi-truck caught fire early Wednesday morning after it crashed on Interstate 80 just before 4 a.m.

The passenger and driver were both ejected from the vehicle, a battalion chief with the Salt Lake City Fire Department told 2News.

Both persons were taken to the hospital. The driver is in a serious condition and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Fire crews on scene had a hard time getting access to the trailer where the cardboard ignited another fire.

Crews also had a hard time reached the cab because of its position on the barrier.

The truck that crashed was carrying tomatoes and is owned by an independent truck company.

The battalion chief told 2News that this area of road is a problem, especially in inclement weather.

The eastbound I-80 ramp from southbound I-15 to eastbound 201 are completely closed because of the accident.

It is unknown at this time what caused the crash. Officials believe weather may have been a factor.

A 2News crew is on scene and will update when more information becomes available.


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