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Slick Roads Result in Over 200 Crashes

Slick Roads Result in Over 200 Crashes

Posted - Dec. 21, 2004 at 9:53 p.m.



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Sam Penrod ReportingA snow flurry across northern Utah caused a flurry of crashes. All night long cars have been slipping and sliding all over the roads.

Deputy Quittner, Utah County Sheriff's Office: "The snow gets on the road, it melts, and freezes almost instantly, and you get a sheet of ice."

That sheet of ice has kept the highway patrol busy. Slick and dangerous, that's the best way to describe it out there tonight. There has been dozens of accidents out on the road and in almost every case the weather is a factor.

Most the accidents are fender bender types, where people start sliding on the road and lose control. But there have been a lot of those minor crashes tonight, around 200 wrecks, from the slippery conditions.

In one accident, a Utah County Sheriff's deputy who was responding to an injury accident on Redwood Road slid right of the highway as well, but he was not hurt. It just goes to show you that with the conditions tonight, it can happen to anyone.

Deputy Quittner, Utah County Sheriff's Office: "You've just gotta look at your surroundings, look at your environment, know your vehicle. And it's always better to be on the side of safety, so it takes you an extra minute to get where you're going, but you're going to get there safely."

Crews are out there tonight, trying to sand the roads, but sometimes that isn't enough to make the roads safer. Overall the Utah Highway Patrol is reporting nearly 100 accident up and down the Wasatch Front, that's just in the last few hours and includes 25 injury crashes.

Salt Lake City reports about 30 accidents, and elsewhere in Salt Lake County you can add another 60 to the list. The conditions have also forced Highway Six in Spanish Fork Canyon to be temporarily shut down tonight. And be prepared, there could be some slick roads Wednesday.

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