396 crashes, 1 fatality, reported over holiday weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol reported 396 crashes with one fatality on Utah's roads over the holiday weekend during the second snowiest Christmas on record.

There were 320 crashes that involved only vehicular damage, UHP reported; 76 crashes involved injuries that included minor scrapes and bruises.

One fatality was reported after a multi-vehicle crash on state Route 201. A 50-year-old man was killed when his vehicle lost control and crossed into oncoming traffic. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

The wintry weather also caused 136 vehicles to slide off the road, but no injuries or damage occurred.

The crash totals included Davis, Salt Lake, Utah and Weber counties.

Drivers are urged to use caution Tuesday night through Wednesday morning as the temperature drops below freezing.

"Black ice could be an issue tomorrow morning," UHP said in a news release. "If you don't need to travel, it is safer not to."

Drivers should also give themselves extra time to get to their destination, slow down on the roads, increase following distance and all occupants in a vehicle should always wear their seat belt.


Editor's note: The number of crashes was changed from 532 to 396 after KSL News decided to exclude slide-offs from the crash total.

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