UPDATE: Driver still unaccounted for morning after tanker crashes into Deer Creek Reservoir

Updated at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 21

HEBER CITY, Utah – The driver of a semi-truck is still unaccounted for after the tanker, traveling southbound on SR-189, lost control and rolled over into Deer Creek Reservoir on Monday night.

Utah Highway Patrol’s Sgt. Cameron Roden said the semi “lost control and jackknifed… Hit the guard rail and went into Deer Creek Reservoir.”

On Tuesday morning, Roden reported that cranes were on the scene of the accident to begin the process of extricating the truck, which was carrying gas propane.

Fire crews have been monitoring the truck because the tank has been off-gassing, creating a potentially explosive scenario.

Dive teams have been unsuccessful in reaching the driver, who remains trapped in the submerged cab of the truck, Roden said.

Traffic will remain closed on 189 both ways through the early afternoon on Tuesday, May 21.

Roden also reported that some amount of  diesel fuel from the truck spilled into the reservoir, but it is unclear if there is any health risk at this time.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, which happened near mile marker 24.

The Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir is located 20 miles east of Provo.

This is a developing story.


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