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Provo Canyon semitrailer crash closes U.S. 189 to eastbound traffic for hours (+video)

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 9 2016 10:05 p.m. MST

A semitrailer that rolled forced the closure of eastbound U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Officials estimated it would take five hours to reopen the lanes.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

PROVO — Eastbound U.S. 189, the road leading in and out of the mouth of Provo Canyon, was shutdown for more more than 3 ½ hours Tuesday afternoon after a semitrailer lost control and crashed.

A 41-year-old Vernal man driving the semitrailer was seriously injured in the wreck, but his condition was stable Tuesday evening. Icy road conditions likely contributed to the crash, which occurred around 1:30 p.m. near Provo, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The highway was reopened to eastbound traffic shortly after 5 p.m.

A small amount of ammonia nitrate fertilizer spilled onto the roadway as a result of the crash, but didn't reach any water sources, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Hazmat crews from the Provo Fire Department responded to the scene as a precaution.

No other vehicles were involved. Westbound traffic on U.S. 189 remained open following the crash.

— Ben Lockhart, Sam Penrod

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