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An asphalt oil tanker crashed into the back yard of a Salt Lake City residence on July 8, 2020. (Photo: Salt Lake City Fire Department)
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Hazmat Crews Respond After Tanker Trailer Crashes Into SLC Yard

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A tanker carrying asphalt sealant is at the center of a huge cleanup effort at a home in Salt Lake City after the trailer rolled from a parking lot at University of Utah and into the property’s back yard.

The crash happened at approximately 3:20 a.m. in the area of 100 North and Wolcott Street, according to the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

The trailer rolled hundreds of yards and plowed through a concrete wall before coming to rest on private property in Federal Heights. The tanker stopped just short of hitting the house, but the sealant it was carrying still managed to leak out.

The oily substance could be seen seeping into the garage and driveway of the home, and it eventually made its way through the yard and into a storm drain.

However, city officials said stormwater crews were able to prevent the substance from reaching the Jordan River.

Authorities at the scene said residents in the area may notice the smell of the sealant as cleanup efforts are underway.

According to the asphalt company that owns the trailer, the tanker had been parked at the U of U parking lot at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, and the brakes had been locked. However, approximately 12 hours later, something caused the tanker to begin rolling.

Neighbors said the incident shook them out of bed, and one resident said he thought it was an earthquake. The owners of the affected property were not home at the time.

No injuries were reported, and the incident is under investigation.

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