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2 in critical condition after wreck, UHP says slow down for snow, slush

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Dec 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-21 18:03:34-05

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – Two people were in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident on I-80 near milepost 133 Saturday morning.

According to information from the Utah Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 8:46 a.m. when a black passenger car traveling west slid sideways into the path of a semitrailer, which struck the black car broadside.

The roads were slick due to weather, and the “driver was traveling too fast for the winter conditions,” According to the UHP.

Snow was expected to continue to fall across Utah Saturday.

The male driver and female passenger in the black car had to be extricated. The passenger was listed as in critical condition, and the driver as in extremely critical condition. The pair was transported to a hospital via ambulance. There were no other injuries reported.

The left and center lanes near the accident were closed as crews investigated.

UHP officials urged drivers to slow down when roads are wet or covered in slush or snow. “The posted speed limits are for clear, dry days. In winter conditions, it may be best to travel 20 to 30 mph or more under the posted speed limit,” officials said.