Two accidents in the same spot, within minutes of each other, resulted in three injuries, including one to a Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy, Thursday morning.
Just after 9 a.m., a 34-year-old woman traveling westbound on I-80 in Parley's Canyon near 6300 East apparently hit a patch of ice, slid to the side of the road and rolled into a snowbank, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Jay Torgersen.
A Salt Lake County Sheriff's deputy who happened to be in the area stopped to help the woman, who was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, said Sheriff's Sgt. Rex Mulholland. He let the woman sit in his patrol car to stay warm until Utah Highway Patrol troopers could arrive to help.
When a UHP trooper arrived, he parked his patrol car near the deputy's vehicle and got out to investigate the accident. Moments later, an 18-year-old woman traveling westbound on I-80 lost control of her vehicle for an unknown reason in the same area and crashed into both the UHP and deputy's vehicles, Mulholland said.
The teen driver in the second car suffered significant injuries, including a broken leg, and she may have lost consciousness, Torgersen said. She was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.
The woman involved in the first accident and the deputy both suffered minor injuries. The woman was transported to a local hospital in good condition.