OGDEN -- A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle parked behind a disabled vehicle on Interstate 15 Saturday was struck by another vehicle, sending the trooper and the driver of the car to the hospital.
Trooper Mike Pope was sitting in his car parked near Mile Marker 344 behind a disabled vehicle involved in an earlier crash, according to a UHP news release. The driver of a southbound Ford Escape, traveling 50 to 60 mph, lost control and struck Pope's car. Pope saw the Escape veering toward him and put his car in drive to try to avoid the impact. However, the patrol car was totaled in the crash, the UHP said.
The Escape flipped onto its side. The woman passenger, who had been asleep, was unhurt. The driver, Edward Dyck, 79, from Calgary, Canada, was transported to a hospital with a head injury. Pope was treated for minor injuries and released.
The crash was the 16th this year involving a UHP trooper.
"That amounts to eight troopers a month, two troopers every week. We ask motorists to slow down. When they see the red and blue flashing lights ahead of them, they need to slow down and pass the incident with caution," the UHP said in its news release.
As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the UHP said it had responded to 10 accidents in Davis County and 15 in Weber County.
The Weber County Dispatch Emergency Center handled 70 weather related slideoffs and traffic accidents from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, resulting in minor injuries to six motorists, said Sue Smith, a dispatch center supervisor.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received reports of 50 weather-related slide-offs and crashes in the same time period. There were no major injuries.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, South Ogden had 8.5 inches of snow, West Haven had 7.5 inches, Brigham City received 6.3 inches, the northeast Ogden bench recorded 5.8 inches and Layton received 5.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches across valleys in Northern Utah are expected through this morning, with snow expected to end in the Ogden area before noon.
There will be accumulations of 6 to 12 inches along benches and the Ogden Valley, the National Weather Service said.
Hazardous winter driving conditions are expected to continue on area roads at into this morning and whiteout conditions are possible in heavier snow squalls.