A series of crashes on icy stretches of road where U.S. 6 and Interstate 15 merge in Utah County forced commuters to detour for more than an hour Thursday morning.
Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said the accidents, all around 7 a.m., had the westbound U.S. 6 ramp to northbound I-15 in Spanish Fork closed down. Motorists were urged to use alternate routes until traffic resumed through the area at 8:30 a.m.
Johnson said the chain-reaction crashes began when a car slid and rolled as it exited U.S. 6 to enter I-15. Gusty winds, combined with subfreezing temperatures, had created black ice on the ramp. The driver of that car sustained minor injuries.