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1 dead, I-15 northbound reopens after accidents near Provo

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1 dead, I-15 northbound reopens after accidents near Provo

By Liesl Nielsen and McKenzie Romero | Posted - Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.



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PROVO — Interstate 15 northbound near Provo has reopened since a fatal accident and a 17-car pileup caused full lane closure Monday morning.

The fatal crash occurred on the freeway near Center Street around 9:40 a.m. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said a 37-year-old woman was driving a Nissan Sentra very slowly, or possibly had come to a stop, in the center lane of northbound I-15 when her car was rear-ended by a box truck.

The woman was taken to Timpanogos Medical Center, where she later died, Royce said. Her name was not released Monday.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending family notification.

There was also a 17-car pileup near the Provo Center Street exit and all lanes of I-15 northbound were closed until around noon. Commuters were asked to find alternate routes.

Big Cottonwood Canyon was also closed at 10:45 a.m. Monday and Little Cottonwood Canyon was closed from noon until 4 p.m.

In Salt Lake County, 58 crashes — including five with minor injuries — were reported, as well as four slide-offs.

Tweeting out information about the crashes, the Utah Department of Public Safety urged: "Respect weather conditions and fellow commuters."

Liesl Nielsen
    McKenzie Romero

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