Winter storm hits Salt lake, Utah counties hard causing numerous accidents

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Standard-Examiner Staff, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Northern Utah was able to avoid the brunt of the recent two-day Winter storm. But other areas weren't as lucky.

The freezing storm blasted Salt Lake and Utah counties, as well as central and eastern Utah. More than 300 auto accidents and slideoffs were reported along the Wasatch Front as a result of the storm, which dumped up to 30 inches of snow in some Utah mountains, the National Weather Service reported.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was lucky he was out of his vehicle when it was hit in a chain-reaction accident while he was at the scene of another accident in Salt Lake County. According to the UHP, Trooper Andy Prescott was helping a tow truck retrieve a vehicle that had hit the wall in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15. A vehicle tried to change lanes during the storm when it was struck by another vehicle and then collided with the parked UHP patrol car and the tow truck. Two drivers were transported to the hospital. The extent of their injuries was not available.

South Jordan reported 27 crashes by midday Tuesday with three people injured. One was hospitalized.

"The vast majority of these crashes were caused by speed too fast for the conditions and following too closely," said Sgt. Samuel Winkler of South Jordan police.

A winter storm warning remained in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday for central and southern Utah.

In eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument closed its exhibit center and quarry Tuesday afternoon because of heavy snowfall, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

In the first major winter storm of the season, Utah's ski resorts reported getting a foot or more of snow by late Tuesday.

The Utah Department of Transportation had 103 snow plows working major roads.

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