Trucker pleads guilty to involvement with Utah wreck, explosion

| Tuesday, March 06, 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