WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, June 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A concrete truck overturned Friday evening on northbound Mountain View Corridor and officials said the high winds may have been a factor.
Lt. Steve Burke, West Valley City Police Department, said the truck was the only vehicle involved in the wreck at about 6:30 p.m. near 6400 S. Mountain View Corridor.
“It’s a single-occupant vehicle, and the driver wasn’t injured,” Burke told Gephardt Daily.
The truck went off the roadway and the drum that mixes the concrete separated from the rest of the vehicle. Burke said crews were in the process of righting the truck and towing it away, and would then deal with moving the drum.
Some gasoline leaked from the truck’s tank, but Burke said the fire department cleaned it up quickly.
“It’s still under investigation,” Burke said, “but it could be wind-related, or a problem with the wheels — the truck started drifting off the side of the road and rolled.”
On Thursday, a semi blew over on Interstate 80 due to the high winds.
Regarding that rollover, Utah Highway Patrol tweeted Thursday, “We are seeing some high winds along the Wasatch Front and on I-80 in Tooele. High profile vehicles and motorcyclists use caution. This semi at MM 85 on westbound I-80 couldn’t avoid being blown over.”
Similar conditions are in place Friday night as well, and the National Weather Service is cautioning everyone who may be traveling across the Wasatch Front to exercise caution, as wind gusts between 50 and 65 miles an hour are expected.