NORTH SALT LAKE — Beer and burgers.
For some, it sounds like the makings of a good weekend. But for the Utah Highway Patrol and commuters Tuesday morning, it was the makings of two messy accidents and a slow drive to work.
Two accidents, both involving semi-tractor trailers, left beer and burger patties spread out over Utah's freeways.
The first accident happened just after 5 a.m. A semi crashed on I-15 near 2600 North, spilling an estimated 40,000 pounds of hamburger patties and forcing the closure of the freeway, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Cameron Roden.
Investigators believe the driver dozed off before hitting a concrete barrier in the median and then hitting an overhead sign, which "ripped the truck open," Roden said.
"It spread hamburgers all over the place," he said.
The freeway was shut down in both directions, but the southbound lanes were reopened quickly. Northbound I-15 was closed at 600 North to Beck Street and was reopened about 9:30 a.m., Roden said.
In addition to cleaning patties off the road, crews had to off-load the remaining contents of the truck before moving it off the freeway, he said.
The semi driver, who worked for Kelly Trucking, refused medical treatment, Roden said. A citation against the driver was pending Tuesday morning.
To go along with the hamburgers, there was an accident at about 7:30 a.m. involving a tractor trailer hauling beer.
A driver on I-84 near Morgan was going too fast for the conditions and hit a guardrail, which caused his truck to flip on its side, Roden said. There was light snow reportedly falling at the time, he said.
The accident split the truck open, spilling Fat Tire beer onto the road.
The driver in that accident also refused medical treatment. Only one lane of traffic was blocked due to the crash. Citations against the driver were pending Tuesday morning.