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Car crashes into semitruck on I-80

By Kyle Spencer | Posted - Dec 21st, 2013 @ 4:15pm


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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A man and a woman are in critical condition after crashing into a semitruck Saturday morning on I-80 near milepost 133.

Both the man and the woman were extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to the University of Utah Hospital.

They were traveling westbound on I-80 around 8:46 a.m. when the man driving lost control and the car began to slide sideways, which caused it to veer in the path of the semitruck and resulted in the semi T-boning the car.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jacob Cox said that the roads were slick with snow and slush, and the driver was traveling too fast for the winter conditions.

"UHP continues to ask drivers to please slow down when the roads are wet, slushy, or snowy," Cox said. "The posted speed limits are for clear, dry days. In winter conditions, it may be best to travel 20 to 30 mph or more under the posted speed limit."

Cox also said that the left and center lane would be closed for crash investigation and diagramming.

The semi was carrying over 10,000 pounds of U.S. mail.

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