Car accident at least 17th incident to involve UHP vehicle in 2013

Posted at 8:38 PM, Apr 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-07 22:40:11-04

NEPHI, Utah — Three people were taken to a hospital after a car accident that involved a Utah Highway Patrol trooper’s vehicle; this is at least the 17th wreck involving a UHP vehicle to occur this year.

The trooper was traveling south on State Route 28 at the south end of Nephi at about 5:30 p.m. As he approached the I-15 northbound 222 off-ramp there was another vehicle that had been stopped at a stop sign. That vehicle then pulled into the travel lane. The trooper swerved to the left to avoid impact, but he was not able to prevent a collision, according to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol.

After the impact, the patrol car began to spin, and it came to a rest facing north in the northbound lane. The other vehicle, a Hyundai Santa Fe, had five passengers—two adults and three juveniles.

Three of those passengers were taken to Central Valley Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. The trooper was treated for minor injuries at the scene, and he was not transported to a hospital.

The passengers in the Santa Fe were from Provo, and they were all wearing seat belts, according to the press release.

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