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Utah troopers report 90 traffic accidents in storm



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A winter storm pounded northern Utah Sunday, making for whiteout conditions, slick roads and big trouble for drivers.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers said they received reports of 90 crashes and 135 slideoffs. Eight people were injured through 4 p.m.

Sunday morning, a white pickup slammed into a power pole in West Valley City near 5200 West and 4700 South.

Utah troopers report 90 traffic accidents in storm

Just a few blocks east, another car took out a light post. That crash broke the pole and sent debris flying. No one was hurt in either crash.

In Parley's Canyon, drivers battled whiteout conditions as they headed down the canyon. The snow drifts on the side of the road were so deep, a Jeep and a semi got stuck. The semi had to be hooked up to a tow truck and pulled out.

About 4,400 customers lost power for four hours early Sunday in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City.

Rocky Mountain Power says the outage was caused by equipment failure. The utility reported other scattered outages including one in Utah County that left 1,100 customers without power.

The storm was expected to deposit 3 feet of snow in Utah's northern mountains by early Monday.

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