State Route 190 was closed down in both directions in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Sunday afternoon as a result of a “major accident” that resulted in four injuries.
The Utah Department of Transportation announced that Unified Police Department had closed SR-190 in both directions near the S-turn at milepost 6.2 as a result of the crash.
UPD announced in a series of tweets that officers were investigating a two-vehicle crash there, which resulted in four people being injured. One person was said to be in serious condition, while the other three had minor injuries.
Both vehicles appeared to have gone off the road and down an embankment.
A Unified Fire Authority spokesman said the department had personnel on the scene assessing “potentially critical but stable patients” and that “heavy rescue techs [are] working to extricate rollover victims.”
Around 2:35 p.m., UDOT said that UPD were estimating that one lane might be able to open for alternating traffic in about an hour’s time. However, subsequent updates noted that UPD was temporarily opening a lane to allow downhill traffic to leave the canyon, as of around 4:30 p.m.
SR-190 had apparently been packed Sunday, with UDOT officials warning of crowded conditions as a large number of people sought to go skiing at such resorts as Brighton and Solitude.
This story will be updated.