CARBON COUNTY, Utah, May 3, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A semi pulling a double trailer rolled in Carbon County on Friday morning, spilling 5,000 gallons of crude oil on U.S. Highway 191, with about half of it spilling into nearby Willow Creek.
The accident happened at about 9 a.m. near mile marker 257, about nine miles north of Helper.
“We have a crude oil tanker that has crashed and leaking crude oil on Highway 191 at milepost 257,” said a 9:30 a.m. post from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. “Please avoid the area while crews try and contain the situation.”
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality tweeted that the cool water temperature had turned the oil in the creek into a waxy yellow solid, making cleanup easier.
Details were not immediately available regarding the cause of the crash or possible injuries.
Below, see a UHP tweet with drone footage of the scene, followed by photos from the DEQ:
Troopers were able to provide some drone video of the scene. pic.twitter.com/wBa9cmvypG
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) May 3, 2019