LOGAN — Sardine Canyon, US-89/91 was closed to all south-bound traffic Thursday afternoon, after heavy snow and wind made for slick driving conditions.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Kendrick said troopers decided to close the road after traffic started backing up and getting stuck between the mouth of the canyon and the “big curve” area.
“We had four different accidents, a couple went into the barrier and a couple slide-offs that caused damage, said Kendrick. “It boiled down to just once the traffic got stopped, the whole thing backed up and nobody could get started again.”
With the traffic piled up, UDOT crews were unable to get their plows into the area to clear the snow.
Kendrick said, troopers reported four crashes, eight slide-offs and around 24 other vehicles and semi-trucks that were stuck. There were no injuries.
The UDOT sign board at the mouth of the canyon had been set to advise motorists to only drive through the canyon in 4-wheel drive vehicles or vehicles equipped with chains. Kendrick said Thursday’s pileup is a reminder that motorists need to pay more attention to those signs.
“That road was really slick and it was heavy snow. It was dangerous driving conditions. We had a lot of cars in there that were not equipped to drive in the snow. The tires were not any good or they had front-wheel drive, and they were simply unable to go on the road. When they would try to move up, they would just slip out and slide against the wall or get sideways in the road. It shut the whole thing down.”
The road was closed around 1:00 p.m. and was reopened around 4:00 p.m. During the closure, traffic was diverted to Valley View Highway, SR-30.
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