BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A Utah Highway Patrol trooper had to jump out of the way when a vehicle crashed into the back of his patrol car Wednesday morning.
According to Sgt. Nick Street said Trooper Schaefer was helping to assist with traffic control for other troopers who were helping with three other crashes on I-15 around 11:15 a.m. in Box Elder County near Willard.
Street said they always have their heads a swivel because they know how fast something can happen.
Schaefer was at the back of his patrol vehicle when an individual in an SUV lost control and headed straight at him. The trooper had to jump the median barrier next to his car to narrowly miss being crushed between the two vehicles.
The SUV slammed into the back of the trooper’s vehicle just after he jumped. Thankfully the trooper escaped without any injuries.
The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Troopers want to use this as yet another warning to drive safe in snowy conditions and to always be aware of your surroundings.