Tanker crash, oil spill closes US highway in central Utah
CARBONVILLE, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a stretch of U.S. Highway 6 in central Utah was closed by a wrong-way crash involving a tanker truck that spilled crude oil into a nearby river.
The Carbon County sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post the early Friday morning wreck near Carbonville spewed 8,000 gallons of crude oil onto the highway and into the nearby Price River.
KSL-TV reports the truck was driving east on U.S. 6 when it entered oncoming traffic, hit a bridge and rolled on its side. The condition of the driver wasn’t immediately reported.
Hazardous materials crews placed booms to catch oil, and the sheriff’s office said drinking and agricultural water supplies were not in danger because the spill took place below a water treatment plant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the spill.