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Dangerous conditions pose challenge to plow drivers

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's been an around the clock operation since Thursday for the Utah Department of Transportation. The UDOT team based in Parley's Canyon has the difficult job of keeping the pass clear, which means in these heavy storms, they're going over the same stretch of road time and time again.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It's been an around the clock operation since Thursday for the Utah Department of Transportation. The UDOT team based in Parley's Canyon has the difficult job of keeping the pass clear, which means in these heavy storms, they're going over the same stretch of road time and time again.

UDOT plow driver Seth Bowen explains, "When it does snow it just seems it puts it down heavy and really fast almost to where we can't keep up with it."

Bowen has been driving for UDOT full-time for a year and although he's a professional sometimes even he gets a little worried in the worst conditions.

"I'd definitely say it's nerve wracking," said Bowen. "It gets your adrenaline going that's for sure."

It's not really the white out conditions that have Bowen gripping his steering wheel a little tighter, his biggest concern is the safety of other drivers. "Just constantly looking out for other drivers," said Bowen. "I've got my plow out in the other lane, the plow here, it's a lot of stuff to keep track of."

Being one of the last trucks in the line, Bowen says a lot of drivers will get up alongside him. He says he wishes the public would just give them a little bit of room.

"I know a lot of people get impatient that we go slow down the roads," said Bowen. "They've got places to be, but their safety is our number one concern."

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