Multiple factors combined to stop NB-15 traffic overnight, lanes back open

Dec 8, 2022, 4:14 PM | Updated: 4:55 pm

Cleanup of a large oil spill continued Thursday on northbound I-15 near Bluffdale, Utah. The oil or...

Cleanup continued for much of the day on Thursday after a tanker overturned on NB-15 in Bluffdale in winter driving conditions on Wednesday night. (Shelby Lofton/KSL 5 TV)

(Shelby Lofton/KSL 5 TV)

BLUFFDALE, Utah — Slick roads, new snowfall, and vehicles traveling too fast for winter driving conditions combined to cause a multi-car accident and fuel spill Wednesday night on I-15. The accidents shut down northbound traffic for nearly 12 hours.

The Utah Highway Patrol announced at about 4:45 p.m. Thursday that all lanes on northbound I-15 at 14600 South were back open.


The UHP said an Amazon truck had jackknifed on northbound I-15, and then a passenger car entered the freeway near 14600 South and merged to avoid the jackknifed semi.  

Next, a pickup truck traveling faster than the passenger car hit the back of the car. Finally, a semi-truck pulling two tankers filled with crude oil was also traveling too fast for the conditions hit the back of the Amazon semi.

“This semi that was hauling this oil overturned its rear trailer which compromised the trailer, and [oil] leaked out onto the highway,” UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden told Utah’s Noon News.

 Roden originally said that nearly 1,500 gallons of crude oil spilled, and two lanes were blocked when the semi’s back tanker flipped and became detached.   

Complicated cleanup

The number of vehicles along with the hazmat spill meant that cleanup of this accident wouldn’t be easy.

“There are a lot of things we need to do to handle the situation properly as far as the right departments,” Roden said. Those include the health department, environmental agencies, UDOT, and the Utah Highway Patrol.

Not to mention mopping up, removing, and disposing of more than 2,000 gallons of oil that spilled.  


By mid-morning on Thursday, enough of the oil had been cleared to reopen two lanes of northbound traffic.

Two lanes of northbound traffic were open around 11 a.m. on Thursday and only two lanes remained open as the afternoon commute got underway on Thursday.

Related reading: Some I-15 lanes reopen after hazmat spill in Bluffdale



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


FILE: Crossroads Urban Center is pictured in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Advocates f...

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com

Advocates urge officials to include affordable housing in new sports and entertainment district

Crossroads Urban Center wants Salt Lake officials to mandate deeply affordable housing in a new sports and entertainment district.

2 hours ago

An aerial shot shows Maurice Abravanel Hall in Downtown Salt Lake City....

Mariah Maynes

Renovating Abravanel Hall “makes more sense,” petition organizer says

The organizer of a petition to save Abravanel Hall from demolition said that renovating the performance space will be cheaper than demolishing.

5 hours ago

The Picklr pickleball company started in Utah and then expanded nationwide. Now, the company is com...

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com

Indoor pickleball facility coming to Salt Lake City, other Utah cities

The pickleball craze is far from over. Salt Lake City proper will be getting its first large-scale indoor pickleball facility later this year.

10 hours ago

The intersection of 2300 E. Canyon Road in Spanish Fork where two teen girls where seriously hurt a...

Brianna Chavez, KSLTV.com

Plans in place to add traffic signal to Spanish Fork intersection where two girls were hit

UDOT and Spanish Fork officials anticipate construction for a new traffic signal will begin in a few months at an intersection where two girls were left critically injured.

12 hours ago

DeAnn Rasmussen Kilgore at the cemetery where her first husband, Jordan Rasmussen, is buried, March...

Amy Donaldson

Letters lead to meeting killer, life-changing moment

SANDY – The question made her stomach churn. DeAnn Rasmussen Kilgore listened as her sister-in-law explained that not only had she written a letter forgiving the man who killed DeAnn’s husband, but he’d written back.  “I distinctly remember when she called me and told me that she had received a reply to her letter,” DeAnn […]

12 hours ago

One person died after being struck by a northbound Green Line TRAX train at 1700 South....

Emma Keddington

One person dead after being hit by a TRAX train, bus bridge in place

One person has died after a TRAX incident Monday night.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Multiple factors combined to stop NB-15 traffic overnight, lanes back open