Tractor-trailers hit two police cars in separate accidents on Interstate 15 in Iron County as the Utah Highway Patrol warned southern Utah drivers to be careful on wintery roads Wednesday morning, police said.
The first accident happened about 9 a.m., when a passing tractor-trailer hit an Iron County sheriff's deputy's car as he was stopped by the side of the road responding to a previous accident, dispatchers said. The deputy was not hurt.
About 10:45 a.m., a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped at a different accident near the Beaver County line when her car was hit by another semi, a tanker, said Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden. The trooper was outside the car and had to run down an embankment to avoid the truck.
The semi left the scene of the crash, but was soon pulled over by a Beaver County sheriff's deputy. The driver said he didn't know he had hit anything, Roden said.
Meanwhile, the Utah Highway Patrol warned drivers to be careful driving in Iron County, Millard County and Beaver County.
The area has seen heavy snow since Tuesday night. Heavy winds with gusts of up to 40 mph are blowing snow onto the road and reducing visibility down to a mile in those areas, said National Weather Service meteorologist Monica Traphagan.