May 20 2016 0comment

Utah DOT Hopes Weather Stations Will Make I-80 Safer for Motorists


TOOELE — When high winds hit I-80 in Tooele County, the result is often dust storms and toppled trucks. Now the Utah Department of Transportation is using mobile weather stations to help warn drivers about possible deadly winds.

“We are always keeping a close eye on the wind,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Andy Prescott.

In April 2015, a pileup involving six semitrailers and 11 other vehicles on I-80 west of Salt Lake City left a Layton man dead and two dozen injured. The cause of that crash, Prescott said, was “continuous winds picking up dirt and salt off of the Salt Flats out there and (carrying) it across the interstate.”

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