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UDOT warns drivers to delay commutes as icy roads cause crashes

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 2:49 a.m. MDT

Freezing rain and icy roads have led to a number of car crashes in the Salt Lake area, especially toward the west side of I-215 and on I-15 through downtown Salt Lake. (KSL.com) Freezing rain and icy roads have led to a number of car crashes in the Salt Lake area, especially toward the west side of I-215 and on I-15 through downtown Salt Lake. (KSL.com)

Freezing rain and icy roads have led to a number of car crashes in the Salt Lake area, especially toward the west side of I-215 and on I-15 through downtown Salt Lake.

Because of these dangerous driving conditions, the Utah Department of Transportation has issued a warning, urging those who live or work in the Salt Lake area to delay their commute for at least an hour.

KSL reported that a trooper was responding to a crash on southbound I-15 at 1000 South when he was hit by a car and propelled 10 feet. He was taken to the hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.

UDOT warned that drivers can expect icy road conditions until 11 p.m.

The Utah Highway Patrol recommends drivers give themselves triple the normal room to stop when driving in the icy conditions.

"Use extreme caution, lengthen stopping distances, drive defensively," a UDOT news release said.

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