SALT LAKE CITY — A semitruck hauling frozen food crashed and caught fire Wednesday morning, closing the ramp between southbound I-15 and eastbound I-80 in Salt Lake City, officials said.
The semitruck was heading south on I-15 when it entered the ramp to I-80 and the driver lost control, hit the right side barrier wall and the truck ignited around 4:30 a.m., officials said. The driver and co-driver of the semitruck exited the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.
The driver was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were non-life threatening, officials said.
That ramp and the ramp leading from eastbound state Route 201 to the eastbound I-80 ramp are closed.
Crews expected to reopen the ramps shortly after 9 a.m., following a lengthy cleanup process.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, according to Utah Highway Patrol officials.
The ramp closure caused major delays for morning commuters, according to the KSL Traffic Center.
In Lehi, crews repairing potholes slowed the commute on southbound I-15.
Utah Department of Transportation officials believe the potholes may have been caused due to rain on a section of older pavement. Crews are implementing rolling closures as they make the repairs, according to a UDOT tweet.
Utah Highway Patrol officials said they are assisting with changing flat tires caused by commuters hitting the potholes. They asked drivers to slow down in the area.