A winter storm that dumped at least a foot of snow in parts of Tooele County also caused more than 200 crashes around the state, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to 231 reportable crashes between Sunday morning and Monday morning, according to a tweet by UHP. The total doesn’t include any slide-offs, non-reportable crashes or crashes where those involved just exchanged information.
UHP was unable to provide crash data for specific counties or roads, which was requested by the Transcript Bulletin.
But a review of the Utah Department of Transportation’s Traffic Twitter account, which documents significant crashes with lane closures or delays for travelers, listed 14 accidents in Tooele County on Dec. 2. While most of the crashes were on Interstate 80, an accident on state Route 36 near Stockton, and an accident on state Route 112 east of Deseret Peak Complex, both closed lanes of travel.
There were also two accidents on I-80 reported only a few minutes apart around 8:30 a.m., with one at eastbound milepost 99 at 8:33 a.m. and another at 8:36 a.m. on westbound milepost 100.
The first significant snow storm of the year hit Tooele County especially hard, with 12 inches of snow reported by the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City as of 4:31 p.m. on Sunday.
Both UDOT and the Utah Department of Public Safety recommend drivers adapt their driving to the winter conditions they’re experiencing. In a release last December, both departments suggested drivers should slow down, increase following distance and move over for vehicles on the shoulder of the road.
Utah DPS and UDOT also advises motorists to keep vehicle gas tanks close to full, dressing for the weather, avoiding the use of cruise control and clearing all snow and ice from vehicles for additional visibility.
Drivers should also avoid quick stops, starts and turns, and use additional caution when changing lanes.
Additional winter driving safety tips are available on utahwinterdriving.org, a website created in conjunction between Utah DPS and UDOT.