A traffic accident involving a propane tanker forced the evacuation of homes and businesses in West Jordan on Saturday.
The accident happened about 8:15 a.m. when a Toyota Avalon cut in front of a propane truck near 1800 West and 7800 South, according to Officer J.C. Holt. The car was trying to make a left turn and either didn't see the truck or didn't complete the turn in time. Holt said the two vehicles hit in a glancing, almost head-on collision.
The 2,500-gallon tanker flipped onto its side, Holt said, and when authorities arrived they could smell gas and hear a hissing noise. As as safety precaution, crews closed the road and evacuated several surrounding blocks. Holt said the area is mostly occupied by businesses but has some homes, as well. The evacuations lasted until about 2 p.m.