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Wrong-way driver causes crash, delays on I-80 near Lake Point

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Posted at 7:32 AM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 09:45:34-04

LAKE POINT, Utah — A driver traveling in the wrong direction on I-80 near Stansbury Park caused a crash Monday morning, leading to a significant traffic backup.

The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. near mile post 99. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a black Volkswagen vehicle was heading west in the eastbound lanes of I-80 when it clipped a truck. The truck rolled into a cable barrier separating the east and westbound lanes.

Lawrence Hopper of UHP said the Volkswagen driver is a 57-year-old Tooele man. Hopper said the man did not appear to be impaired, and a medical condition may have been a factor that led to him driving the wrong way. He suffered a minor hand injury and the other driver was not injured.

UHP expects to have the crash scene cleared by 8 a.m.