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Karen Scullin ReportingA deadly start to this Thanksgiving Holiday after a multi-car accident in Utah County. Police say weather was partly to blame. A horrible accident today in Utah County killed one person and injured several others.
As many families made their way to the homes of friends and relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving, there was a tragic accident with several cars involved that left one person dead. Police say the weather played a major factor in the crash, but snow wasn't the problem.
Four cars were involved. Police say a pickup was the first vehicle to hit another car.
Sgt. Jeff Swenson, Lehi Police Dept.: “He rear-ended the blue car, which in turn hit another vehicle. And that kinda caused a chain reaction."
Police say two vehicles were simply waiting at a stop light when the pickup truck suddenly smashed into the blue car, killing one person who was sitting in the back seat. Two others in the blue car were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The rest of the injuries were minor.
The fog in Utah County was extremely thick all morning long. In fact, when police arrived on the accident scene, visibility was fifty yards or less.
Sgt. Jeff Swenson, Lehi Police Dept. “Fog was a factor in the accident, definitely. But probably going too fast for the conditions, too."
Traffic was rerouted for several hours while crews removed the vehicles and cleaned up the scene.
Sgt. Jeff Swenson, Lehi Police Dept.: “Very traumatic, very sad to see this kind of thing happen on Thanksgiving Day.”
Those two victims taken by medical helicopter to the hospital with critical injuries are believed to be okay.