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Semi fire causes big delays on I-80

PARLEY’S CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A charred semi snarled traffic to a halt in Parley’s Canyon causing up to two hour delays.
“We just didn’t make it. It (his car) just started to overheat,” -Steele Luke
PARLEY’S CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A charred semi snarled traffic to a halt in Parley’s Canyon causing up to two hour delays.

“What was the first thing you thought about when you saw all these cars stopped on this interstate?” asked ABC 4 Utah’s Noah Bond.

“Just wondering if it’s construction or accident,” said Scott Zunkowski.

The semi caught fire at about 3:30 p.m. June 22 forcing four eastbound I-80 lanes into one near mile marker 134 on the east side of State Round 65.

“We kind of saw the signs two hour delay,” said Carlos Jaregui.

UDOT was quick to post electric signs warning drivers of the delays, but many decided to push through.

“We just didn’t make it. It just started to overheat,” said Steele Luke.

One driver tweeted to ABC 4 Utah’s Kim Johnson about several cars overheating on the side of the road forcing the drivers to wait until their engines cooled.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the semi to catch fire.

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