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Winter storm hits, UHP responds to more than 40 accidents

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Mar 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-23 17:11:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol personnel responded to more than 40 accidents on Utah roads Friday night and Saturday morning as winter conditions created slippery roads.

Trooper Rusty Hurd urged people to be mindful of road conditions.

“Every time we have a storm like this the message is the same,” he said. “It’s please slow down. We’ve been on this ramp a half-hour. We’ve had over 6 accidents just on this ramp alone.”

One of the many accidents that occurred overnight involved six vehicles and caused closures along Bangerter Highway.

Pramod Poudya was a driver involved in the accident, and he said he went to an overpass and saw a truck stuck sideways in the middle of the road.

“There was in front of the truck there was two cars already been hit, and the truck had blocked the road,” he said.

He said he tried to change lanes, but he said another car began to slide and a chain reaction ensued.

“I slide, and I tried to control, and it went to hit the truck,” he said.

Bangerter Highway was closed for several hours as a result of the accident. There were no major injuries reported.