State Route 72 avalanche and closure

(Richfield, Utah) —The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has closed state Route 72 in Sevier County until further notice due to adverse driving conditions.

An avalanche pushed a UDOT snow plow based from Loa into the guardrail at approximately 8:05 this morning while clearing the roadway north of Fremont near the summit dividing Eastern Sevier and Northern Wayne counties.

No injuries were reported, but plows from adjacent maintenance stations adjusted their routes to accommodate the recovery and keep snow removal operations on key corridors going.

High winds and blowing snow are creating poor visibility at higher elevations throughout the region and significant snowdrifts had already accumulated on mountain passes as of 10:00 a.m. with much more snow activity expected as the day progresses.

S.R. 72 connects northwestern Wayne County to I-70 and southwestern Emery County.

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