Semi jackknifed, UHP car hit in Sardine Canyon slideoffs

Posted at 9:34 PM, Dec 22, 2014

WELLSVILLE, Utah — Utah Highway Patrol troopers were forced to close part of SR-91 Monday evening as they dealt with a series of slideoffs and crashes resulting from a short, “white out type” snow storm.

According to a statement from UHP, the slideoffs and crashes occurred between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. in the area of SR-91, commonly known as “Sardine Canyon,” between mileposts 10 and 17.

Shortly after 6 p.m., troopers were notified of a car traveling north in the southbound lanes of SR-91 from the summit through the Dry Lake area.

The statement said the vehicle, a 1996 Cadillac, continued north past Sherwood Hills and eventually crashed into a highway patrol vehicle near mile post 13. Troopers described the crash as “low impact” and no one was injured.

A statement from UHP said the Cadillac’s driver, an 88-year-old Logan man, appeared to be confused from driving in the snow. The man will need to re-take his driver’s license test and he could face charges for the crash.

Troopers kept the southbound lanes of SR-91 closed between 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. as they worked on moving a jackknifed semi-trailer and a box truck that were blocking traffic.

Sgt. Todd Royce, UHP, said there were as many as 20 slideoffs in the area.  All lanes have reopened, but advisory signs will remain posted for most of the night, the statement said.