Road to recovery after fiery wreck

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A tractor-trailer with gasoline burns along an off ramp from Interstate 15 at Spanish Fork, Utah, on the day after Thanksgiving. The driver, Leslie Shelton, of Fruita, is recovering at a hospital in Salt Lake City after suffering burns over more than half his body. His father, Jerry, who also is from the Grand Valley, is trying to raise funds to pay for his continued stay in Utah to be with his son.

Photos on social media of Leslie Shelton show him smiling contentedly during a sunny winter day atop a snowmobile. There he is again, crawling a Jeep over rugged redrock sandstone. No one could have predicted that the outgoing 28-year-old from Fruita would be involved in the horrible accident he found himself in the day after Thanksgiving. According to news reports from Utah, Shelton suffered burns on more than half his body when the trailer he was hauling, filled with 8,500 gallons of gasoline, crashed and exploded on Interstate 15 at the off ramp to U.S. Highway 6 to Spanish Fork.

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