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Toppled trucks force closure of I-80

TOOELE — High winds tipped over four semitrailers in Tooele County Monday morning.

The North Tooele Fire Department reported the crashes on I-80 via social media and urged drivers with high-profile vehicles to delay their trips until the gusts subside.

The crashes, near Skull Valley and Dugway, closed I-80 in both directions about 10:50 a.m., the Utah Department of Transportation reported. Troopers later reopened one lane in each direction from northwest of Tooele to the border, but semitrailers were still restricted.

The delays were estimated to exceed three hours.

UDOT issued a road weather alert as estimated afternoon wind gusts exceeded 65 mph. The crosswinds died down later in the afternoon.

UDOT advised drivers across central and eastern Utah Monday to use extreme caution, especially on east-to-west routes.

The high winds were also blamed for scattered power outages in the Salt Lake Valley, as well as a tree limb damaging a hom ein Holladay.