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2 Weber State University police officers injured in I-15 accident

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Dec 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 10:50:13-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Weber State University police officers were injured Wednesday after they were hit by a vehicle on southbound Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, the officers were helping a passenger van that was blocking the HOV lane at 700 South on I-15 northbound at the time.

At around 12:45 p.m., another van traveling on the interstate failed to notice the stopped vehicles in time, drove into the left emergency lane, missing the police car but colliding with the stopped van, flipping it 180 degrees. The officers were struck by the spinning van.

The second van continued and collided with a third vehicle that had stopped on the shoulder.

One officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The other officer was in good condition.

It's not known why the vehicle had stopped in the HOV lane. No other injuries were reported.

Multiple lanes of the highway were closed so crews could respond to the officers, but lanes of I-15 have since reopened.