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UHP Reminds Drivers to Be Safe

UHP Reminds Drivers to Be Safe



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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingAAA reported Americans would be hitting the road in record numbers this weekend. Because more people are traveling, the Utah Highway Patrol says accidents do tend to go up on holiday weekends.

We've had at least four fatal accidents since Saturday, including one today.

A woman died when her minivan rolled over on I-80 near 20th east. Troopers say she may have made an evasive move to avoid merging traffic and that caused the van to flip. She was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The victims haven't been identified yet.

Meanwhile, Cory Miller and his family had planned a day on the water at Deer Creek Reservoir, but they never made it. The Millers' truck and wave runner caught fire in a construction zone near the Point of the Mountain.

Cory Miller, Motorist: "There was a big patch of road missing back there and it hit it so hard that it popped our tire and sparks flew up. Thought we were just pulling over for a flat tire and I saw the flames already engulfed in the back."

Miller was able to get his wife and child out of the pickup safely. All of his work tools were in the back of the pickup and he says it'll be tough to replace them.

AAA said more than 340,000 Utahns would enjoy the holiday away from home. More than 80-percent of those people travel by motor vehicle so the roads could be busy tonight.

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