Three UHP troopers hit by cars on icy roads

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 13:59:15-05

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.