SPANISH FORK — An accident involving two semitrailers, one hauling fuel, forced the closure of U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon late Thursday.

Fuel was leaking from one of the two 2,300 gallon tanks on the fuel truck, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Train traffic through the canyon has also been halted for fear that a passing train could spark an explosion.

The closure from Thistle Junction to Price was anticipated to last until sometime early Friday morning, UHP troopers said.

The semitrailers crashed near mile marker 190, in the Red Narrows area of the canyon, and the fuel truck rolled off the road near the railroad tracks.

Both drivers were injured and have been transported to an area hospital. Their condition was unknown before press deadlines. A hazmat team was assisting with the cleanup.

The other semitrailer's load of mounted semi-truck tires was scattered across all lanes of the highway that runs from I-15 near in Spanish Fork to I-70 west of Green River.

Ladd Brubaker