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I-15 reopened in both directions after tanker rollover in Lehi

Photo credit: Utah Highway Patrol

LEHI, Utah — Both directions of I-15 are moving again near 1800 N. in Lehi, more than nine hours after a tanker rollover spilled butane and forced evacuations and hazmat response.

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UDOT traffic cameras showed the semi on its side near 1800 N. on I-15 in Lehi.

The accident happened on Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m. Lehi city officials said crews evacuated a quarter-mile radius around the crash, which affected one apartment building but no other structures. They directed residents who needed a place to go to a church building near 700 W. 2600 N. By 8 p.m., city officials allowed those residents to return home.

Utah Department of Transportation cameras showed the semi on its side in the construction zone for the I-15 Tech Corridor project.

According to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brady Zaugg, the truck that rolled had two tankers, one of which started leaking butane. Crews offloaded the leaking tanker’s remaining butane to another truck before reopening the freeway. The agency did not offer any information about possible injuries.

Northbound drivers were forced to exit I-15 at Lehi Main Street. Southbound drivers were detoured at SR-92, Timpanogos Highway. So far, there is no word what caused the rollover.

Complicating the situation, BYU played a home basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Just before tip-off, drivers headed to the game reported backups that stretched more than an hour getting into Utah County.