Draper Battalion Chief hit by car on I-15 recovering at hospital

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UPDATE: 12/28 10 a.m. – The Draper Fire Department Battalion Chief hit by a car on I-15 Thursday night is on the road to recovery.

The Draper City Fire Department made a statement on their Facebook the Battalion Chief Bart Vawdrey does not have any broken bones and is recuperating in the hospital.


“Please slow down out there. If you see an accident ahead, move over into another lane and keep our police officers and firefighters safe,” the statement continued.  


DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – UPDATE … According to a Draper city spokesperson, the Battalion Chief did not under go surgery and has no internal injuries do the the accident.

A Fire Battalion Chief assisting on an accident scene on the side of I-15 was struck by a car.

The Draper Firefighter and his team were on the side of south bound I-15 near 146th South when a driver lost control of his car and slid into the battalion chief pinning him between two cars.

The Battalion Chief was flown by helicopter to the hospital in critical condition.

Sgt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol says, at the hospital, “He’s in surgery now folks on scene mentioned that he was talking at the scene so that’s always a good sign. We’re hoping just some broken bones and he’ll be okay with some recover.”

We do not know the identity of the Battalion Chief who was hit but we will continue to follow this story for updates.

In the meantime, Utah Highway Patrol wants you to avoid the crash area as they investigate. So if you have to go on I-15 near Draper headed into Utah County, use Redwood Road and cut back over in Saratoga Springs/Lehi area.

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