Separate accidents snarl traffic twice in one day at same spot

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DAVIS COUNTY -- There were two car crashes in nearly the same place along I-15 in Davis County Friday morning. It happened in an area under heavy construction. The two accidents happened on southbound I-15 near 2600 North.

The first accident happened around 7 a.m. The second accident happened about three hours later.

In both cases, the Utah Highway Patrol said the drivers lost control and ran into the movable barrier, which separates traffic.

Separate accidents snarl traffic twice in one day at same spot

The Utah Department of Transportation admits the construction can be distracting if drivers aren't paying attention, but it insists it is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of drivers and road workers.

UDOT spokesman Adan Carrillo said, "It's just a matter of adjusting, changing your driving behaviors and not get distracted while you're driving this 4-mile stretch of roadway."

Each time the movable barrier was hit, it was pushed into the oncoming lanes, causing major backups Friday morning.

The UHP says the driver in the second crash simply got confused. Sgt. Sheldon Riches said, "When she saw the lanes, how they were changing and everything, she panicked, she started swerving, and she hit the left wall." She suffered minor injuries.

UDOT is also reminding drivers to use Legacy Parkway to avoid construction on I-15.

In many places the speed limit has been reduced to 55 miles per hour. It says sometimes that might even be too fast.


Story compiled with contributions from Whit Johnson and Andrew Adams.

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