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Park City drivers struggle through snowy weather

Slide-off accidents reported during the weekend storm

The Park City Police Department fielded a series of reports about slide-off accidents during the recent snowy weather and in the days since. One of the accidents occurred on Monday close to the Park City Golf Club, shown.
Courtesy of the Park City Police Department

The Park City Police Department last weekend responded to a series of slide-off traffic accidents as some drivers had difficulty during the first substantial winter-driving conditions of the season.

The cases were generally reported on Saturday and Sunday as slick conditions started and then persisted in some places through the weekend. The Park City Police Department said none of the accidents involved serious injuries. The accidents were logged in disparate places across Park City.

Some of the cases included:

  • on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:14 a.m., a vehicle slid off the road on the 400 block of Marsac Avenue, outside the Marsac Building. The police said the vehicle partially blocked the road and blocked the entrance to the Marsac Building parking lot.
  • on Dec. 11 at 7:14 a.m., a slide-off accident was logged along S.R. 224. The Police Department left a message for the owner of the vehicle to move it as soon as the person could.
  • on Dec. 11 at 12:45 a.m., a slide-off accident was reported at or close to the intersection of Bonanza Drive and Deer Valley Drive. The police said the front tire on the passenger side popped as a result of the accident and the fender was bent.
  • on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:02 p.m., a vehicle involved in a slide-off accident in the vicinity of the intersection of Solamere Drive and Telemark Drive became stuck. The police said the driver was directed back to an unspecified cross street and then out of the neighborhood.

    Other cases were reported on Marsac Avenue and Royal Street. The Police Department, meanwhile, assisted drivers who had problems with the road conditions, including cases on Deer Valley Drive. A separate report was also logged on Deer Valley Drive, at 9:52 p.m. on Dec. 10. A driver was reported to be “having a difficult time figuring out how to put his vehicle in all wheel drive,” according to department logs. The vehicle was blocking an intersection before the driver left after the police contacted him, the Police Department said.

    Phil Kirk, a police captain, said drivers encountering winter conditions of snowy weather and roads like those last week should reduce their speed. He also said drivers should not closely follow other vehicles since stopping distances are increased in bad road conditions. Kirk suggested drivers keep windshields and side windows clear so they can see the road conditions and other vehicles. He said drivers should have changed to snow tires by now.

    They were “pretty rough road conditions to travel in,” Kirk said about last week.

    It takes us a while to adjust our driving style, our driving habit,” Kirk said, adding, “Winterize your driving habits.”


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