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I-15 closed at 9000 South after explosive trailer fire



SANDY, Utah –  Southbound Interstate 15 remained closed at 9000 South in Sandy early morning after first responders battled massive flames and heavy smoke when the trailer of semi caught fire.

While investigators have yet to say what the truck was hauling, there are reports of explosions and Gephardt Daily’s staff at the scene said it appeared that the back part of the trailer had been blown off.

It also appeared that the truck itself had been disconnected from the trailer and moved to a safe distance before it could be burned.

The Utah Highway Patrol tweeted just before 10 a.m. Sunday that the right lane of the roadway would be closed for cleanup for a couple more hours.

“This morning at 3:42 A.M. we received reports of a semi trailer on fire on I-15 SB 9100 South. As a result the right lanes will be closed until about noon today while crews clean up and assess the damage. Traffic can get through the area using the HOV lane, lane 1, and lane two.

Another UHP tweet said the semi’s driver was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns, but no other injuries were reported.

This story is still developing and will be updated as new information becomes available.