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Multiple crashes in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County on Monday


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Crash near Enterprise Street and Yellowstone Highway. | Natalia Hepworth,

IDAHO FALLS — Multiple crashes occurred in Idaho Falls and Bonneville County on Monday.

Idaho Falls Police spokeswoman Jessica Clements says her department dealt with about eight crashes in town. Six of the wrecks occurred between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. Clements says the main cause of the morning wrecks were slushy roads.

A few other crashes that were not weather related occurred in Idaho Falls on Monday as well.

Around 4 p.m., police responded to a two-vehicle crash near Enterprise Street and Yellowstone Highway.

One fire truck and two ambulances were dispatched to the crash, but police say there were no injuries.

“The driver at fault said there was a third vehicle she couldn’t quite see around,” Clements says. “She thought the road was clear to turn onto and but didn’t see the vehicle that she ultimately hit.”

Southbound traffic was being diverted while the wreck was being cleared.

Meanwhile, Bonneville County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell says, there were 11 crashes in the county Monday morning — with people getting hurt in two of them. The crashes occurred between 6 and 9:30 a.m.

“After about 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. it warmed up enough (for ice) to melt off,” Lovell says “It got less slick and more wet.”

Lovell says for a few hours Monday morning, the county roads were slick.

“It was wet and freezing on the ground, which caused roads to be slick this morning for those first three hours,” Lovell says.

He cautions drivers to be safe on the roads.

“The most important thing when you’ve got snow or wet weather is to slow down. Make sure your windows are clear,” he says.

Lovell says a lot of cars were covered in snow Monday morning. Visibility is difficult in inclement weather already.

“It’s important to clear your windows off, slow down, wear your seatbelt and pay close attention to your environment,” Lovell says.