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Crime Briefs: Driver of burned semi escapes unharmed
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Compiled by Melinda Williams

LAYTON – A truck driver traveling between Washington state and Colorado is lucky to be alive after the semi-truck carrying a load of ice cream crashed into a guardrail in Layton and burst into flames. The wreck destroyed the cargo and brought traffic to a standstill.

The 59-year-old driver told police he felt he was choking on something about 2 p.m. and had a coughing fit while northbound on U.S. 89. He tried to move into the center lane as he approached Sunset Drive, (2500 North) so he could stop, but was unable to without rear-ending a car, so he veered into the southbound lanes, said Latron Police Lt. Shawn Horton.  The driver then drove onto the shoulder and hit the guardrail, Horton said. The tank caught fire.

The driver walked away without even a scratch.

“He got out just in time, as the flames were just staring around the cab,” Horton said “He’s lucky there was no one coming. We investigate a lot of head-on crashes in that area.”

The Layton City Attorney’s Office has been asked to screen charges.

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