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Tomato truck driver cited for speeding in crash on I-15

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The driver of a truck hauling frozen tomatoes will face a citation for speeding. (Photo: Morgan Saxton / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- The driver of a truck hauling frozen tomatoes will face a citation for speeding.

Utah Highway Patrol say the man was driving too fast for road conditions when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a cement barrier on the I-15 I-80 interchange around 4:00 Wednesday morning.

“This curve right here, we see a lot of accidents on, as well as I-80 eastbound to southbound,” said Brady George, Salt Lake City Fire Department Battalion Chief. “Vehicles just don’t plan for the rapid change of direction,”

He also said wet weather could have affected road conditions.

“With the weather changing as much as it has […] we tend to see a lot of accidents in these two areas.”

According to UDOT, the area serves about 140,000 drivers a day. Last year, they saw about 200 accidents around the exchange and we’re on track to meet that number so far this year.

The truck also leaked diesel fuel into the storm drain. Salt Lake County Health Department responded to figure out how to clean it up.

“If there’s fuel, we’ll work with UDOT, more directly, the responsible party, to get a company that can handle cleaning up and getting the diesel fuel out of the pond,” said Ron Lund with the health department.

Lund identified the company as Rabbit Trucking, an independent trucking company.

In addition to the citation and cleaning up the fuel spill, the company will also have to pay to repair the cement barrier, which costs about $50,000.



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