Trucker pleads guilty to involvement with Utah wreck, explosion

| 3/6/2007

The driver of an explosives truck that crashed and exploded in the Spanish Fork Canyon of Utah in August 2005 has entered guilty pleas to speeding and causing a catastrophe.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, as part of the plea agreement, the state dropped the more serious charge of reckless endangerment against 32-year-old Travis Stewart.

Investigators told the Tribune that Stewart was doing about 60 mph in a 40 mph zone when his truck lost control on a curve and overturned, shortly before 18 tons of explosives blew up.

No one was killed, but 20 people were injured. The explosion blew a hole in Utah Highway 6 that was 30 feet by 70 feet