Strong and gusty winds continue to blow across Southern Utah this morning.  Motorists are advised to take extra caution, especially while crossing bridges, overpasses and un-sheltered areas. Vehicles, especially high profile vehicles, can be difficult to control at times in high winds.

(Tooele County, UT)  –   Gusty winds and poor visibility are blamed for a series of accidents that killed one man and injured 25 people on I-80 near the Nevada border yesterday.  A spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol says 18 injured victims have been hospitalized.   Westbound traffic was closed for several hours from mile marker 99 to the Nevada border and eastbound traffic was closed to high profile vehicles.  Dozens of cars including several semis were involved in the chain-reaction accident. Power was also knocked out by heavy winds last night in several areas including Cedar City, Brian Head, Richfield,


Parowan and Paragonah.

(Enoch, UT)  –  Authorities have identified three people who died in a house fire in Enoch, a few miles north of Cedar City.  Local Police Chief Jackson Ames says the victims are 70-year-old Francis Brewington and her two adult children, 46-year-old Cynthia Shaffer and 32-year-old Jay Brewington.  The police chief says eyewitnesses could hear the victims crying for help inside the burning home.  Firefighters say the house was already engulfed in flames by the time they arrived on the scene.

(Undated)  –  Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter is dead at the age of 82.  His family says he died from a stroke.  He was first elected in 1984.  He was the 13th governor of the state until 1993.  Bangerter was in the Utah House prior to his election as governor.

(Undated)  –  BYU and Utah are giving students the best values for their education in the state of Utah.  SmartAsset ranks BYU first and the University of Utah second in the state.  Factors to determine the list were tuition and fees, living expenses and student retention rate among others.


National Parks Week” begins Saturday, running from April 18-26, with opening weekend’s Saturday and Sunday entrance fee free. In St. George, a national parks open house will be held at the Dixie Center from 4-7 p.m.

The open house is sponsored by the Zion National Park Foundation and St. George Area Tourism Office. It is free and designed to help young and old earn more about the national parks in their own backyard.

(Richfield, UT)  –  Snow is putting a damper on a 100 acre wildfire that broke out in Sevier County yesterday.  Sheriff Nathan Curtis says the blaze temporarily shut down a five mile stretch of state Route 25 near Richfield.  The Sheriff also says the wildfire damaged a few summer homes before snow started falling last night.  Meanwhile, a 450 acre wildfire is still burning in Wasatch County north of Strawberry Reservoir.