Officials: Traffic from football games, General Conference set scene for wrecks

Oct 5 2012 - 11:12pm

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Heavy traffic is believed to have contributed to several accidents Friday afternoon in Box Elder and Weber counties, including this one in the southbound lane near Exit 338 outside of Riverdale. (Courtesy photo)
Heavy traffic is believed to have contributed to several accidents Friday afternoon in Box Elder and Weber counties, including this one in the southbound lane near Exit 338 outside of Riverdale. (Courtesy photo)

WILLARD -- College football and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' semi-annual General Conference likely contributed to heavy traffic Friday afternoon on Interstate 15 and resulted in numerous accidents.

The Utah Highway Patrol responded to three separate crashes about 4:30 p.m. on I-15 southbound between Brigham City and Willard, said Trooper Dan Altenes.

The crashes occurred in heavy traffic, causing numerous rear-end collisions involving at least 25 vehicles.

There were no serious injuries in any of the accidents. Investigation into the crashes was continuing Friday night.

The traffic was likely because of Friday night's football game between Brigham Young University and Utah State University at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, as well as LDS General Conference, which runs today and Sunday in Salt Lake City, Altenes said.

Motorists should exercise caution when driving in congested traffic, he said.

"Drive slower, give yourself greater following distance, and please be patient."

Also around 4:15 p.m., UHP responded to an accident on southbound I-15 near Exit 338 outside of Riverdale.

A vehicle rolled over, and four other vehicles were involved. The cause of this accident also remains under investigation, but there were no injuries, Altenes said.

In addition, Ogden police investigated a two-car accident about 5:13 p.m. near 12th Street and Wall Avenue, said Lt. Tony Fox.

A green GMC pulled out of a parking lot to turn west on 12th Street. A blue Ford Focus was traveling west on 12th Street and collided with the GMC.

The Focus rolled over. The woman driver and two male children, ages 2 and 7, in the Focus were transported by ambulance to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden with minor injuries.

The woman driving the GMC and a 10-year-old female passenger weren't hurt, Fox said.

The driver of the GMC was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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