How Many Christmas Day Accidents?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah)  The record setting Christmas Day storm that pounded Northern Utah took it's toll on the roadways.
 
Highway Patrol officials released numbers they have tallied so far in Utah, Salt Lake and Davis counties. There were 137 accidents with property damage. 21 injuries including a death on SR 201 near Magna. Also 89 slide offs.
 
The 50 year old Stansbury man killed in that accident was not wearing his seatbelt, according to state troopers. We asked one trooper why this still happens despite all the warnings? It's a matter of becoming complacent according to Officer Andrew Battenfield. "Every day we get in our cars. We drive the same roads to go to work every day and nothing happens, until that one day.  You don't have your seatbelt on and you don't see that black ice. Your life changes in just a few moments."
 
"We threw everything that we had at this storm" says John Gleason, spokesperson for UDOT. "Hundreds of people who gave up Christmas. It's never easy to be away from your family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but they take a lot of pride in what they do and the majority of the feedback that we've received has been very positive."
 
Gleason says clean up of slush and ice on the sides of roadways will continue for several days.
 

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