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Flipped trailer snarls traffic for hours
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WOODS CROSS — The southbound on-ramp to I-15 at 2600 South was closed for about five hours Thursday evening after a pup trailer pulled by a semi-truck overturned, spilling a portion of its load of diesel fuel.

The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m., according to South Davis Metro Fire Agency Deputy Chief Jeff Bassett. The incident started when the pup trailer, carrying 3,100 gallons of fuel,  hit the barricade as the semi was entering the on-ramp. The impact caused the trailer to tip, spilling about 50 gallons of fuel, Bassett said.

The SDMFA hazardous material crew did the initial clean-up, and a private company hired by the trucking firm finished the job, Bassett said. The bulk of the fuel was off-loaded to another semi-trailer. Bassett didn't know which trucking firm was hauling the fuel.

In addition to the hazardous materials crew, the Davis County Health Department was brought in to deal with any environmental issues.

Once it was emptied, the pup was flipped back onto its wheels and hauled away. The on-ramp was reopened at about 10 p.m.

"The operation went smoothly," Bassett said, noting it could have been much worse if the trailer had flipped after it was on the freeway.

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