JEREMY RANCH, UTAH (February 22, 2017) – Wendell Lewis has been identified as the man killed in a semi-truck accident on Interstate 80 on Wednesday night, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened on Interstate 80 near Parleys Summit at around 8 p.m.. A semi-truck driven by 67-year-old Wendell Lewis was attempting to go uphill on Interstate 80 when he slowed to a stop due to snow. A tanker truck behind Lewis attempted to go around him and then Wendell Lewis’s truck rolled back into the second trailer’s tank, rupturing it and tearing it open.
The tanker truck was hauling crude oil which immediately caught on fire, engulfing the cab of Lewis’s semi-truck in flames almost immediately and the fire took almost two hours to put out. Wendell Lewis was tragically pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his injuries.
The accident remains under investigation at this time to determine cause and liability and to determine why the oil went up in flames as it did.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”
Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult time for any family member or friend affected by a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, you may have the right to a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. Lexton Law Firm strongly encourages anyone who may find themselves in this situation to give us a call today at (877) 541-2111. We will fight hard to obtain the care you deserve and just compensation that you and your family are entitled.