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image High winds wreaked havoc on I-80 on Monday morning toppling four semis traveling through Tooele County. Both east and westbound I-80 near mile marker 77 was closed while crews cleared the wreckage of two semi trailers were blown onto their sides.

June 13, 2017
Wild wind causes crashes, closures on I-80 Monday

A series of accidents on Interstate 80 due to high winds briefly shut down the freeway in Tooele County on Monday.

A total of five commercial vehicles, including semitrailers and one recreation vehicle, were involved in accidents on I-80 due to wind gusts, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Shaun Judd. One person involved in the accidents Monday was transported to an area hospital with not life-threatening injuries.

A majority of the accidents occurred between mileposts 72 and 82 in the West Desert, near the Dugway and Skull Valley exits. Between 10:04 a.m. and 10:35 p.m., UDOT reported four crashes on that stretch of I-80.

North Tooele Fire District also reported sending crews to four separate semitrailer rollovers Monday.

All lanes were closed on I-80 at 10:50 a.m. between mileposts 1 and 88 due to the multiple crashes, according to UDOT. A single lane in each direction was opened about 20 minutes later.

Around 11 a.m., UDOT issued a restriction on high profile vehicles and semitrailers between mileposts 70 and 82 on I-80; the restriction was lifted by 1:25 p.m.

Judd said reports of accidents began to come in between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. but no additional crashes due to wind were reported after the high-profile vehicle restriction was put in place.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake reported a 73 mph wind gust near the northern tip of the Oquirrh Mountains at 10:16 a.m. on Monday.

Tooele County was designated a moderate caution zone by UDOT for Monday, due to concerns about crosswind gusts of 45 mph or higher and areas of blowing dust.

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