SALT LAKE CITY — As the latest winter storm hit Utah Tuesday, icy and snowy conditions created dangerous conditions for travelers and first responders.
The Utah Highway Patrol responded to 149 crashes as of 8:30 p.m.
Among Tuesday's crashes was a fatal collision on state Route 91 in Richmond.
The crash occurred when a Subaru Forester was northbound about 12:40 p.m. The driver lost control on the snow-covered road and was unable to stop at an intersection, UHP Sgt. Nick Street said. The car came into the path of a semitrailer, which T-boned it.
Phyllis B. Belles, 70, of Logan, was ejected from the Subaru and died on scene, troopers said. The driver of the car, Belles' granddaughter, was taken to a hospital with critical injuries, Street said.
Neither Belles nor her granddaughter, who was driving, were wearing seat belts at the time and the rear tires on the car were "smooth and showing cords," according to the UHP.
In a separate crash Tuesday, a Rich County sheriff's deputy suffered injuries that weren't considered life-threatening after being hit by a semitractor-trailer that slid out of control in snowy conditions about 10:30 a.m.
The deputy was at the scene because another semi had slid off state Route 30 when the second truck lost control and crashed into the deputy's vehicle, according to the UHP.
"Due to slick roads and speeds too fast for those conditions, a semi rolled in Laketown Canyon. A UHP trooper responded and was investigating. A Rich County deputy was positioned just east of the crash location at a runaway truck ramp. Another westbound semi lost control coming down the grade and struck the deputy while outside of his patrol truck," according to a statement from the UHP.
The semi crashed into nearby rocks. The deputy was taken to Logan Regional Hospital. The semitrailer driver suffered minor injuries, according to UHP.1 comment on this story
Troopers were forced to shut down various freeways Tuesday as the giant winter storm made its way through Utah, bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions.
Just after noon, southbound I-15 was closed through Box Elder County due to multiple crashes.
"We've had to shut down I-15 at the Weber and Box Elder county line. Mile marker 351. Several semi-involved crashes in the area," the UHP tweeted at 12:45 p.m.
Earlier in the day, northbound I-15 near Cedar City was closed due to 15 semitrailers that had slid off the road.