Accident snarls traffic on State Road 224
An out-of-town guest suffered minor injuries earlier this week after the rental car she was riding in with her husband was struck by another vehicle on State Road 224.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the 72-year-old woman, of Marietta, Georgia, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Park City Medical Center. Her husband, 75, also of Marietta, was not injured.
At around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, a red Audi driven by a 22-year-old man, identified as a Park City resident, turned left from the southbound lanes of S.R. 224 onto Cutter Lane and smashed into the front left side of the Georgia couple’s Hyundai pushing it onto a snowbank.
Both vehicles had to be towed and the Audi blocked the northbound lane of S.R. 224 for about 45 minutes, according to UHP.
"The tow company had their other trucks tied up, so they had to drop the Audi at their yard and return for the Hyundai. So even though the travel lanes were cleared, there was a crashed car sitting up on a snow bank and a patrol car with it and they remained there for longer than normal," said Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Randall Richey. "I’m sure that slowed traffic as people like to slow down and look. I don’t know how far traffic backed up on that incident, but the trooper reported that it remained very heavy the entire time that he was there, due to the time of day and the increased amount of traffic in town. "
A trooper cleared the intersection at around 5:10 p.m. The driver, who was not injured, was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
As film fans descended on Park City over the last week and the number of cars on the road increased, troopers responded to more accidents, Richey said. However, he classified most of them as "pretty minor" and said none have resulted in serious injuries.
As of Wednesday, Richey said traffic problems had been tame compared to what he anticipated for the Sundance Film Festival.
"We’ve had pretty routine accidents and there has been a slight increase, but not anything too big," Richey said. "It’s mostly because of the volume of traffic, but they are occurring at lower speeds and haven’t been serious."
For updated traffic conditions and to view live traffic cameras, go to http://udottraffic.utah.gov/ or download the UDOT Traffic app on iPhone or Android.
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