Snowstorm catches motorists offguard

The first snow storm of the season this afternoon appears to have caught motorists off-guard in Sardine Canyon. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper David Joyner says two accidents within 50 minutes of each other happened at the exact same spot, at the ‘Big-S Curve’ of the canyon. The first accident happened at 1:30 p.m. when a woman traveling northbound lost control of her car in the slush and rolled off the side of the road. The car landed on its top, but the woman was wearing a seatbelt and received only minor injuries. Joyner says four UHP Trooper staged their cars in the canyon with lights flashing, warning motorists to slow down. But at 2:20 p.m. the next accident happened where a green passenger car was following a snowplow. Another vehicle following the plow and the car was traveling too fast and smashed into the back of the car, and then an SUV smashed into the back of that car. Joyner says all the vehicles were damaged and had to be towed but luckily none of the people involved needed hospital attention, they received only scratches and bruises. Joyner says the main message here is to slow down and be aware of the conditions.

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