More accidents keep UHP troopers busy

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NORTHERN UTAH -- Accidents on I-15 kept troopers busy for the second day in a row. Fortunately, none of the accidents on Sunday was fatal, but they certainly kept highway patrol occupied throughout the day.

As UHP trooper Shawn McWilliams put it, "It's been a busy weekend and a busy day today."

He was on scene near Church Street in Layton Sunday afternoon, where there were three accidents in the same area at the same time.

Two were weather-related.

"Because of the rainstorm that moved through, the roads were a little wet. People need to be a little more cautious when the roads are wet like that," McWilliams said.

Apparently, a southbound Jeep went too fast for conditions and rolled.

"Hydroplaned on the concrete and crashed into the Jersey barrier and then rolled his vehicle into the number three lane," McWilliams said.

Another car crashed going northbound, and that accident caused another.

On I-15 near Layton Hills Mall traffic was nearly at a standstill because troopers had to close at least one lane for a while.

One person was transported with minor injuries.

There was another big accident on I-15, but it was farther north, near Farr West.

UHP Lt. John Mitchell said, "We had the freeway closed for approximately about an hour."

Eight people were hurt in that accident. Three went to the hospital by helicopter, five by ambulance.

The highway patrol says a woman driving a pickup truck north tried to change lanes but noticed someone next to her at the last second. She apparently swerved back to her lane, lost control and sped across the median into southbound traffic.

The truck hit another car head-on, knocking its engine onto the road. The truck then ran off the road and landed upside down in a canal.

UHP did say that those who were seriously hurt in the accident Sunday morning should be OK.

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