Three UHP troopers hit by cars on icy roads
The Utah Highway Patrol reports three troopers were hit by cars Thursday morning in separate incidents.
The first incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on southbound I-15 at 1000 S in Salt Lake City.
A report from the Utah Department of Public Safety said a vehicle was traveling too fast for the icy conditions when it slid into a UHP patrol car, then hit a trooper who was standing outside.
The trooper was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He received stitches for a cut on one of his hands and he also had “bumps and bruises,” the report said. Salt Lake City police investigated the incident.
The second incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. in the median of I-15 at 5300 South. A northbound vehicle was traveling too fast for icy conditions when it hit the right rear corner of a UHP patrol car, another DPS report said.
A trooper, who was seated inside the patrol car, was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Murray police investigated the second incident.
The third incident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on a southbound off-ramp of I-15 in North Springville. A trooper’s patrol car was parked in the right-hand emergency lane with its lights activated.
The patrol car was parked behind a truck which was being used to tow out a car that had slid off the ramp. According to another DPS report, a sedan came off the ramp too quickly and slid into the back of the patrol car, pushing it forward into the truck.
A trooper, who was seated inside the patrol car, sustained minor injuries to his back and neck. He was not taken to a hospital.