SALT LAKE CITY — A 16-year-old student was hit by an SUV outside East High School in Salt Lake City this morning.
The accident happened about 7:30 a.m. near 800 South and 1240 East. A 47-year-old woman hit the boy, who was not in a crosswalk, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson. Speed was not a factor, he said, noting that the vehicle was traveling at a low rate of speed when it hit the boy.
Sgt. Josephson said the boy was bleeding from the head when he was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. But he said emergency crews at the scene did not believe the boy was in life-threatening condition and that the trip to the hospital was mostly as precaution.
Investigators say roads were wet with rain and it was dark at the time of the accident, but are not sure if weather was a factor in the accident.
Earlier this morning, a wet cold front bringing rain, snow and colder temperatures to the Wasatch Front made for a messy commute in some areas.
A semi-truck lost control and tipped onto its side on northbound I-15 near 2100 South about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. Three lanes of traffic were closed, said Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson, causing backup just in time for the morning commute, and forcing the closure of the ramp from westbound I-80 to northbound I-15.
There were no reports of serious injuries. The truck was reportedly hauling some sort of plastic materials, Johnson said.
The Utah Department of Transportation tweeted about 7:20 a.m. the accident was cleared. But UDOT also reported 500 South was closed at State Street in downtown Salt Lake City due to a malfunctioning traffic light, causing more traffic delays.
KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman said snow levels could drop to 7,000 feet Tuesday with accumulations in the mountains of up to a foot. The rain and snow was predicted to pick up again Tuesday afternoon, and again on Wednesday.
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