Accidents Adding Up with Slick Freeways

Accidents Adding Up with Slick Freeways

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Kimberly Houk ReportingThe snow and the cold are freezing Utah's freeways into ice rinks. Throughout the day we've had sporadic snow fall, just enough to leave the wet. And with tonight's low temperatures thrown into the mix, the Utah Highway Patrol says they expect a busy night with these slick freeways.

Sgt. Shawn Judd, Utah Highway Patrol: "It's a possibility the roads could freeze. Anywhere we have a bridge or any other type of structure that's raised where there is not ground beneath the road surface, a suspended bridge, that area could ice up and be very dangerous."

So far the UHP says there have been 15 crashes today. Most of them happened during this morning's commute on I-80 near Parley's Way. A lot of the crashes were single car crashes where drivers lost control and slid off the freeway.

Officers want to remind everyone to slow down and allow more time to get where you're going. In the past two days, there have been more than 80 crashes along the Wasatch Front, and that's turning into big business for both tire shops and auto body shops.

Tire shops all over the valley say there's a three hour wait for snow tires. But the wait didn't stop people from wanting the tires. Rows and rows of cars filled the parking lots at tire shops and auto body shops.

Many auto body shops are busy right now and so are towing companies. From cars crashing into each other, to falling trees crashing into parked cars there is going to be a lot of work for auto body shops for the next couple of days.

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