Storm forces traffic mishaps |

Storm forces traffic mishaps

by Patrick Parkinson, of The Record staff

Heavy snowfall and wind Monday night forced many vehicles to slide off roads in Summit County. But there were no serious injuries reported as a result of any traffic crashes in the Park City area in the past 24 hours, the authorities said.

"There have been a couple of minor-injury accidents but those patients certainly don’t have any life-threatening injuries," said Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Several times Monday night the storm forced the closure of Interstate 80 near Jeremy Ranch, he said. "It was closed on and off during the evening and during the late-night hours," Bridge said. "Obviously Parleys is difficult to plow. Once you have too many semis or cars that can’t make it up to the top, it stops traffic altogether and the plows can’t get through. That is the reason for closing Parleys."

The snow had begun tapering off by mid-morning and no traffic accidents were reported during rush hour on Tuesday, a Park City Police Department dispatcher said.

The Park City Public Works Department reported no complaints about snowplows by mid-morning on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, avalanche danger in Summit County on Tuesday was high. Slide forecasters have asked skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers who do not have excellent rescue and route-finding skills to avoid the backcountry. The snow and winds have created a recipe for disaster in the mountains. A slide killed a man who was snowmobiling in Morgan County on Sunday.

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The avalanche that killed the Wasatch Front man occurred near Francis Peak, according to a report from the Utah Avalanche Center.

The Utah Avalanche Center forecasts slide advisories daily for the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains at (888) 999-4019 or