Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 4, 2014
Saturday’s high winds topple semi trucks on I-80 and SR-138

High winds toppled trucks and stopped traffic on Interstate 80 Saturday.

Gusts of more than 80 miles per hour were tough on high-profile vehicles, particularly semi trucks. At about 1 p.m. near the Rowley Road exit of I-80, an eastbound double-trailer semi was hit by a gust, causing it to tip and spin around, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

When it came to rest, it landed facing north and south, blocking the eastbound lanes completely. Troopers responded with heavy-duty wreckers to help move the truck and its trailers back to a position that would allow traffic to move.

Meanwhile, another semi was blown over a few miles west of the western Grantsville exit on I-80, and two pickups hauling trailers were also toppled, according to reports from the UHP.

The other semi, also going eastbound with an empty trailer, was blown mostly off of the highway, allowing traffic to still pass through on one lane. The driver and passenger had minor injuries and were transported to Mountain West Medical Center, according to the UHP.

A little after 2 p.m., two semis also were blown over within Grantsville City limits on state Route 138, said Lt. Steve Barrett of the Grantsville City Police Department. The two trucks, blown over north of Bonneville Sea Base, were both carrying empty trailers, he said.

While that highway isn’t as open as I-80, Barrett said the gusts coming around the north end of the Stansbury Mountains were fierce.

“The wind that comes off Timpie Point there was horrible, it really was,” he said. “We were having a hard time standing up in it.”

Two wreckers were required to right each of the trucks, he said, and the four within Tooele County were already busy helping trucks on I-80. Wreckers used for the Grantsville trucks came from Salt Lake.

SR-138 was reduced to one lane for about three and a half hours, Barrett said. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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