WELLSVILLE — A portion of Sardine Canyon, SR-89/91 was closed Monday night after winter weather caused multiple slide-offs and four accidents, one including a Utah Highway Patrol trooper.
<span>Snow and wind produced white out conditions, limiting visibility. </span>UHP trooper Phil Rawlinson said two of the accidents involved semi-trailers that jackknifed, resulting in the partial closure of the canyon to southbound traffic. Most of the slide-offs involved vehicles traveling northbound.
The canyon was closed partially to southbound traffic while crews cleaned up the accidents.
During the snow storm, troopers were notified of a driver who was traveling north in the southbound lanes from the summit through the Dry Lake area.
Rawlinson said he saw the vehicle, a 1996 brown Cadillac, driving toward him and would not pull over. The Cadillac struck the patrol vehicle, hitting the front driver’s side before eventually stopping.
The driver of the Cadillac was identified as 88-year-old George Heinrich of Logan.
Rawlinson said Heinrich appeared to be confused from driving in the snow and had also struck a barrier earlier in the canyon. He will now have to re-take his driver’s license test and could face charges in the crash.
Troopers kept the southbound lanes of the canyon closed between 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. None of the accidents resulted in major injuries.
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