SALT LAKE CITY — Utah freeway and highway drivers are being asked to slow down in bad driving conditions.
“The posted speed limit of 65 mph applies only to clear, dry roadway,” states a Utah Highway Patrol news release. “In snowy and icy conditions, 30 mph or less may be the safest speed regardless of what is posted.”
A trooper was hit early Sunday morning on Interstate 15 at 2500 South in South Salt Lake.
He was the 13th Utah trooper hit this year. Only 12 were hit during all of 2012, according to the news release.
Trooper Jason Whitehead was assisting a vehicle that had lost control and slid off the right side of the highway at 3:20 a.m. Sunday.
A second vehicle also was traveling too fast for the snowy conditions, and the driver lost control, states the news release.
The second vehicle slid sideways and struck the right rear corner of Whitehead’s patrol car.
Whitehead was wearing a seat belt in his patrol car. He was sore and achy, but otherwise uninjured, and he was not transported to the hospital.
The driver of the second vehicle also was uninjured.
South Salt Lake police are investigating the crash.