A massive 20-car pile-up just before West Valley City shut down several lanes on State Route 201 Thursday evening. Utah Highway Patrol cleared most of the highway lanes by 9 p.m. after reporting over 100 vehicle crashes throughout the day, including this one.
Utah accident officials originally reported nearly 20 cars being involved in the crash, with only relatively minor injuries reported, but later concluded that the total number of vehicles in the highway pile-up was actually 16, still an unbelievably high number.
Only shortly before 5:30 on Thursday, Utah State Troopers responded to a shocking 150 car accidents across the entire state, almost all of the crashes resulting from a wicked snow storm. Troopers warned Utah locals to “PLEASE slow down” and keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially when road conditions are icy and unpredictable.
Utah County roads are extremely slick. PLEASE slow down even more than you think you need to. Troopers are doing their best to respond to crashes, but if you've crashed it may be a while for us to get to you. If your car is driveable, move off to the next exit and call 911.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) December 27, 2018
Other delays that occurred earlier Thursday evening included multiple car crashes causing both lanes of State Route 210 to close for several hours. Utah troopers cleared up these lanes by 9 p.m. as well, despite the continuous winter storm. According to UDOT, though, all drivers traveling through Little and Big Cottonwood canyons, where the Route 210 accidents occurred, are required to have tired chains or 4-wheel drive.
Road conditions during these winter months can be extremely dangerous, especially if you’re driving through a snow storm in Utah. Some of the accidents from Thursday evening had left several accident victims critically injured. Do yourself a favor and drive with caution. Don’t speed or follow too close behind another vehicle. A person can slam on the breaks just as quickly as your vehicle can slip on black ice, and remember, if you’re following too closely behind another driver, you will likely be the driver at-fault in the end.
If you or a loved one were recently involved in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact your local authorities right away. You should also document the entire scene of the crash—take pictures of all damages, get the other driver’s contact information, and file a police report. The accident attorneys at The Utah Advocates can help you file a strong personal injury claim. Don’t wait. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today at (801) 326-0809 or speak to an attorney right away on our homepage.