Good Samaritan Saves Crashed Oil Tanker Driver In White-Out Conditions

Kent Ashton's overturned oil tanker off of U.S. Highway 40 in Utah
Kent Ashton's overturned oil tanker off of U.S. Highway 40 in Utah

An oil tanker driver is lucky to be alive after a terrifying crash on U.S. Highway 40 in Wasatch County, Utah last week. Kent Ashton was driving his truck slowly in white-out blizzard conditions when another car slid across the roadway toward him. Ashton left the road attempting to avoid a collision, KSL-TV reports. The tanker overturned and went off an embankment. He likely wouldn’t have survived if Tyler Mahoney, another driver on the road, didn’t see his crashed oil tanker.

Visibility was less than 15 feet because of the winter storm, and many drivers just slid off the road. Mahoney had pulled over into a parking lot on the highway because of how poor the conditions. That’s when he spotted that crashed tanker. Mahoney explained to the TV station:

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Oil tanker crashes are rarely ever small incidents. Last summer, a tanker crashed and burst into flames beneath a portion of I-95 in Philadelphia. The driver was killed and the blaze’s intensity caused the overpass to collapse.

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