OGDEN — Yet another Utah Highway Patrol trooper has been injured, or nearly injured, on state roadways after motorists have failed to slow down when approaching a crash.
The latest incident happened at 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the southbound lanes of I-15 near the 12th Street exit in Weber County.
A press release by the Utah Department of Public Safety said two troopers had responded to a crash, with one assigned to investigate its cause and the other trooper conducting traffic control.
An SUV driven by a 79-year-old man went out of control and veered toward the trooper who was providing traffic control. The trooper, who was sitting in his vehicle, saw the SUV coming at him and put his vehicle in drive to try to avoid the collision. The SUV hit the patrol car, totaling it.
The crash caused the SUV to roll on its side, leaving the driver with critical injuries. His wife was not injured.
The trooper was treated for minor injuries and has since been released from an area hospital. Neither the identity of the injured motorist nor the trooper was relased.
So far this year, 16 troopers have been hit or had their vehicles hit. Last year x troopers were hit during the course of the entire year.