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Tanker Transporting Butane Crashes and Rolls into Deer Creek Reservoir

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — It was a close call at Deer Creek Reservoir, where a semi hauling butane lost control and crashed into the water.  The cleanup is still going on Tuesday evening, forcing the highway to be completely shut down between the Wallsburg and Charleston turnoffs.

The crash happened about a half mile west of the Charleston turnoff just before noon and crews are still working to get the tanker, which was transporting butane, out of the water.

“There is a pullout, it looks like the truck went out through and then the first pup went over and the other truck went over in the water, right off the shore,” said Janet Carson, with the Wasatch County Fire Department.

The truck plowed through the guardrail before reaching the water.

However, water managers of Deer Creek believe that the butane will not be a serious threat to the water supply—the biggest concern is if the diesel in the semi begins to leak.  Absorbable booms are in place as a precaution.

“These types of events are regrettable and we don’t like to see them happen, but in this case, this is not a serious threat to the water or water quality,” said Steve Cain, with the Provo River Water Users Association.

The highway patrol said the driver was going too fast around the curve.

While the driver was able to walk away from the crash, investigators say it is very fortunate that no one was in the path of the truck when it crashed into the reservoir.

“What is really scary is typically there are people there fishing, but today there was no one who was fishing,” Carson added.

Once crews get the tanker out of the water, tests will continue over the next couple of days to ensure the water has not been contaminated.

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