Icy overpasses contribute to wrecks

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SALT LAKE CITY-- Icy overpasses proving to be a problem during the early morning commute.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers say around 3:30 Friday morning, a vehicle slid off the road on eastbound State Road 201 near the 3200 West overpass and hit a barrier.

A chain reaction of wrecks followed that. In all, eight vehicles were involved in crashes in the area.

UHP Sgt. Mike Holt said, "It was a little crazy up here until we got the road closed. I just about got hit three times with my vehicle."

Two people suffered minor injuries. Troopers say the overpass had not been salted.

About the same time, a pickup truck hit a patch of ice near the 5800 West overpass on eastbound I-80 and rolled down an embankment.

The driver was not injured. He told troopers he saw another truck slide on the ice, go down the embankment and slam into his truck. Four people from that truck went to the hospital. They were not seriously injured.

And, eastbound North Temple has reopened. It was closed from Bangerter Highway to 2200 West due to a wreck.

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