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UHP: Weather Definitely a Factor in Deadly Accident

Heavy snowfall in Utah County causes deadly accident & 17-car crash

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Heavy snowfall in Utah County made for a messy commute throughout the day. Within a five mile stretch of I-15, the Utah Highway Patrol responded to a 17-car pileup and a fatal crash.

"There was quite a bit happening in just a short period of time," said Sgt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol.

According to Royce, a 37-year-old woman stalled her car while driving northbound, in the middle of traffic, on I-15 near Orem Center Street. Royce said a box truck slammed into the back of her car. The woman died at the hospital.

"Definitely weather was a factor."

Just minutes before this deadly crash and a few miles south, UHP responded to a 17-car crash on I-15 near the Provo Center Exit. Some of the drivers involved in the pile-up were injured. At the time of this report, UHP did not have an update on the extent of the injuries.

"{The weather} kind of caught people off guard as they're coming in on wet roads and all of a sudden, snow-packed roads," said Royce. "We want to remind people that if they're expecting snow storms or these quick moving cold storms to always expect the unexpected."

As temperatures continue to drop, Royce has this reminder for drivers:

"Just assume that if there's a glaze on the roadway or if there's water on the roadway in this cold weather that it can freeze and potentially be black ice."

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