Jackknifed semi-truck crashes into Deer Creek Reservoir

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) — A semi-truck traveling southbound on U.S.-189 lost control and crashed into Deer Creek Reservoir on Monday night, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Lieutenant Cameron Roden with UHP told ABC4.com that the semi-truck lost control before it jackknifed and hit the guard rail. After hitting the guard rail, the semi-truck went into the reservoir.

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The cab of the semi-truck was submerged and the trailer was protruding from the water.

The Utah Department of Public Safety said the tank ruptured in the crash releasing propane gas into the air. Due to the hazmat situation, Utah Highway Patrol closed SR-189 in both directions. That closure lasted overnight while the trailer continued to vent off the gas.

Hazmat crews eventually brought in equipment to remove the tanker from Deer Creek Reservoir once they deemed it was safe to do so.

The Department of Public safety said the male driver of the semi-truck was found dead inside the cab of the truck as it was brought back up onto the roadway.

The crash is currently under investigation to determine what may have caused the crash.

There is no further information at this time.

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