A possible hazmat threat shut down I-84 on Thursday, March 23, after a call was made to Box Elder County dispatch about a semi-truck tanker spraying an unknown liquid material on the freeway.
According to Utah Highway Patrol, at approximately 9:52 a.m., a truck driven by a 23 year old man from Indiana noticed a semi hauling a tanker with something coming out of the tanker. The liquid sprayed the front of his truck and when he pulled over in Snowville to wipe off his vehicle he reported feeling ill.
He called 911 to report the incident to UHP, Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office and fire personnel responded. He was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital to be checked out. Authorities put out an attempt to locate the semi-truck spraying the material but “it was determined that whatever had sprayed the semi had dried and was no longer an immediate threat,” the report stated.
The Bear River Health Department worked with the company that owned the truck and it was properly wiped down.
“Initially we closed the freeway until we determined that the tanker truck was no longer spilling or in the area. There was a small area of the Flying J in Snowville that was secured until it was determined the chemical was not an immediate threat,” the report added.