Park City fender benders mount amid heavy traffic, snow
February 27, 2019
The Park City Police Department last week responded to numerous traffic accidents that generally appeared to be minor but likely caused even more headaches on roads already busy during a crowded holiday week.
The accidents occurred in locations across much of Park City. The cases seemed to be fender-bender style accidents, but public police logs did not provide details about the individual wrecks.
Park City was busy last week with the Presidents Day three-day weekend, traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the ski season, attracting large crowds amid the stellar snow conditions.
The Police Department last week received reports of at least 17 traffic accidents. Some of the accidents included:
• on Sunday, Feb. 24 at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue, where a City Hall bus and another vehicle collided. Nobody was injured, the police said.
• on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2:53 p.m., a bus and a vehicle collided on Lowell Avenue. It was not clear from public police logs whether the bus is part of the municipal fleet or whether it belongs to a private sector firm. Nobody was injured.
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• on Feb. 23 at 4:45 p.m., a Nissan Rogue and a Jeep Wrangler were involved in an accident on Main Street. Nobody was injured and the vehicles were not blocking the road, the police said.
• on Feb. 23 at 8:57 a.m., a pickup truck and a sport utility vehicle collided at or close to the intersection of Park Avenue and Snow Creek Drive. The vehicles blocked traffic after the accidents. The accident did not trigger the airbags, the police said.
• on Feb. 18 at 5:15 p.m., two minivans collided along the Park Avenue corridor. Nobody was injured.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said some of the accidents were related to the weather. In other cases, though, he said the narrowed road widths with snow on the sides of streets were a factor. Larger vehicles, including buses, have less room to maneuver with the snow on the sides of the roads, he said. There is a "much narrower lane," Kirk said. Some of the cases involved municipal buses, he said. Kirk also said the heavy traffic of the last week contributed to the number of accidents.
"You're seeing some difficulty in navigating the narrow roads," he said. "That's part of it."