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Highway Patrol responds to nearly 200 crashes before evening commute Thursday

A white car drives on a snowy road.
Giorgio Trovato

The Utah Highway Patrol responded to 189 crashes on state roads Thursday, and that was before the evening commute.

Snowfall began earlier in the day, leaving many roads wet and slushy. Officials reported multiple crashes caused by people not driving for the conditions or not having their vehicle properly equipped for snowy roads.

Officials say the main problem, and the reason for most of the crashes Thursday, was because drivers were going too fast on slick roads.

In a Tweet, UHP says we will still have more winter weather, so “let’s slow down and get there safely.”

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!