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UDOT warns drivers to exercise care during foggy, icy conditions

Published December 16, 2013 8:35 am

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Fog-slickened roads likely were factors in two crashes on northern Utah interstate freeways during Monday morning's commute.

While the official causes of the Salt Lake Valley crashes remained under investigation, both occurred in areas targeted by the Utah Department of Transportation for a Road Weather Alert warning of "areas of dense fog and road ice" that made driving treacherous.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said both an SUV and a sedan lost control at 7:05 a.m. as they traveled westbound on Interstate 215, on an on-ramp near 6200 South in Murray. The vehicles crashed into a barrier wall but neither driver suffered serious injury.

About 10 minutes later, a car went off the roadway on northbound I-15 near 4800 South and crashed, but its driver also escaped unhurt, Royce said.

Fog and icy driving conditions were expected to continue during early morning and late evening hours through the mid-week throughout northern Utah.

UDOT said drivers in the areas around the Great Salt Lake — Salt Lake, Weber, Davis, Utah, Tooele and Box Elder counties in particular — should exercise extra caution as they travel I-80 between Salt Lake City and Tooele, and the I-15 corridor between Tremonton and Spanish Fork, including US-89 and Legacy Parkway.

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