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Weather Contributes to Traffic, Aircraft, Power Trouble

Weather Contributes to Traffic, Aircraft, Power Trouble

Posted - Oct. 25, 2004 at 9:43 p.m.



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Samantha Hayes reportingThe calendar says October, but we're getting a glimpse of December. And the rain, wind, and snow have already affected several parts of Utah.

Authorities say the foggy, wet weather made it hard to see -- in the air, and on the road.

The storm also left thousands of people without power.

Witnesses heard a Cessna plane flying south over Draper, but nobody saw a thing. The fog that blinded the pilot and caused him to crash also held up rescuers.

Capt. Michael Jensen/ Unified Fire Authority: "The pilot had made contact with the airport that they were down an two patients on board."

Ninety minutes later crews found the plane and rescued the couple. Both were in good condition.

Wet weather was the common factor in several car accidents with pedestrians using crosswalks. A 14-year-old boy and an elderly woman were hit in separate crashes in Magna.

In West Valley, a driver injured a woman and her daughter. Police say in bad weather, drivers need to go slower than the speed limit in crosswalks.

Dwayne Baird/ Salt Lake City Police: "Everything seems to look the same color, which is something children, even adults."

As for pedestrians, police say waving the flag or watching the signal isn't enough. Having the right of way won't save your life.

Dwayne Baird: "If the driver doesn't see the signal change, or see that you are in the crosswalk, stay back."

In other parts of the state Monday, up to 5,000 people had no power. While crews fix current outages, Utah Power is preparing for more snow and rain this week.

Dave Eskelsen/ Utah Power and Light: "When we've had rain after a long period after no weather at all, we get outages because insulators have become contaminated, particularly when the rain starts."

Latest numbers show just a few people are without power tonight.

As Utah Power gets additional crews ready for immediate dispatch, you are asked to be prepared for winter with the following:

  1. flashlight
  2. battery radio/clock
  3. bottled water
  4. blankets
  5. non perishable food
  6. manual can opener

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