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Dump truck hits overpass in Midvale

Occurred 06 May 2013 at approximately 0817hrs. I-215S Westbound on-ramp from Union Park Avenue. Truck with hydraulic lift (in the up position) hit the 900 East structure. The driver of the truck was taken to an area hospital with a minor injury (precautionary). The on-ramp was closed for a couple of hours for clean up and inspection of the structure. Courtesy photo

By Jim Dalrymple II

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 06 2013 08:58AM
Updated May 6, 2013 04:21PM

A dump truck hit an overpass in Murray on Monday morning, snarling traffic on Interstate 215.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Todd Johnson said the truck entered the westbound Union Park on-ramp with its bed raised. The truck then struck the 900 East overpass.

The accident was reported at 8:17 a.m. Johnson said the driver of the dump truck subsequently reported pain in one arm and was transported to a hospital as a precaution. There was no indication he was impaired, Johnson added.

Johnson did not know why the truck entered the freeway with its bed raised. He also said the bed was empty when it struck the overpass.

According Johnson, the accident forced at least some lane closures, though by 10:15 a.m. only the on-ramp and a nearby "fly-over" lane that feeds into the on-ramp remained shut. Johnson said UDOT engineers were on scene Monday morning working to get the on-ramp reopened.

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