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Strong winds blow 4 semitrucks over on I-80 near Tooele

By Liesl Nielsen, | Posted - Mar 2nd, 2018 @ 7:03pm

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TOOELE — Strong winds blew four semitrucks over on I-80 near Tooele Friday morning, according to the KSL Traffic Center.

The trucks tipped within an hour of each other, the North Tooele Fire District said in a tweet.

East and westbound I-80 is closed to light, high profile vehicles and semitrucks with empty trailers from Wendover to Lake Point Tooele, according to a tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation. Authorities urge other large vehicles to avoid the area, including trucks, vans, SUVs and trailers.

Details about any injuries were not immediately released.

Most of Utah will be under a winter storm warning from Friday until Sunday. The storm will bring snow and high winds, according to KSL TV meteorologist, Kevin Eubank.

The warning for the Salt Lake and Tooele valleys starts at 4 p.m. Friday, but much of the state will see strong winds starting late Thursday into early Friday.

Wind gusts in Tooele have reached 67 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The wind knocked out power in Tooele, causing an outage for roughly 3,000 people Friday morning.

State Route 201 at I-80 is experiencing gales up to 74 mph, according to the National Weather Service website. Wind gusts at Ogden Peak and Central Wasatch Peaks have reached over 80 mph.

This article will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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