Two UHP Patrol Cars Hit On Snowy, Slick Roads

Dec 26, 2018, 7:11 PM | Updated: 8:51 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two troopers from the Utah Highway Patrol felt fortunate to escape major injury when their patrol cars were struck on the side of the road by other vehicles in two separate incidents.

Most troopers would love to have a brand new patrol car. However, they hope it doesn’t take a crash to get one.

Trooper Jim Miller has worked in his vehicle for quite a while.

“It’s got 90,000 miles on it,” he said while looking at his old car.

Miller was outside his patrol car Wednesday morning, helping another motorist near Sandy when he heard that all-too-familiar sound of a crash about to happen.

“Sometimes you hear the screech and sometimes you don’t,” he said.

Miller said a driver was traveling too fast and with bald tires in the snowy conditions when they hit the side of his patrol car.

“I’ll be honest with you. If I had been standing right there, I think I would have been dead,” he said.

(Image courtesy UHP on Twitter)

The car that hit Miller’s ended up over the curb and down the sidewalk.

Everyone was okay. However, Miller’s patrol car was the second Utah Highway Patrol car hit on the snow-covered streets after several inches fell overnight.

Another patrol car was hit from behind around 3 a.m. in Salt Lake County.

It had some minor bumper damage, and the trooper was okay. Officials said it was another example of just how dangerous the job is for emergency responders.

“Unless you’re out there and actually experience it, you really don’t understand how scary it is,” said Utah Highway Patrol Captain Jeff Nigbur. “I’ve been hit twice in my career.”

Captain Nigbur, who’s in charge of the Utah Highway Patrol section in Salt Lake, said almost every trooper has a “hit by car” story.

“You almost have to have eyes in the back of your head, and you have to have this ‘Spidey sense’ when you’re out there,” he said.

Captain Nigbur also said almost every crash where a trooper has been hit could have been avoided if the driver of the other car had just slowed down.

“Everybody has got somewhere to go, but I want my troopers to get home safe at night. That’s the biggest thing for me,” said Nigbur.

Fortunately, officials said the incidents resulted in a couple of banged-up cars and they can be replaced. The troopers on Wednesday were not seriously injured, but they could have been.

“Please keep us safe,” said Trooper Miller. “As much as we try to tell the public to slow down and pay attention, it just doesn’t seem to get through, you know? We have families, too, and we’re just trying to do our jobs.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Sharon McMahon has one million ‘Sharon Says So’ Instagram followers. (Sharon McMahon)...
Candice Madsen, KSL TV

Woman behind ‘Sharon Says So’ podcast explains how we stop screaming at each other

Sharon McMahon is known as America's government teacher. Every day, she takes to Instagram, clearing up misinformation with straight forward facts. KSL Newsradio's Boyd Matheson got some great advice from her about civility for our series, "A More Perfect Union."
3 hours ago
Candice Madsen, KSL TV

Why Utahns may need refresher course in civics education

Civic knowledge is alarmingly low in Utah and across the country. Only nine states require a full year of civics or government studies, and 10 states have no requirement at all.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Deseret News)...
Madison Swenson & Debbie Worthen, KSL TV

Dog dies after being found unattended in hot car

Officials with Salt Lake County Animal Services are reminding Utahns to not leave their dogs unattended in a hot car after one died Tuesday.
1 day ago
File photo...
Matt Gephardt

Passenger says Priceline promised first-class tickets but only delivered coach

When you pay for a first-class ticket, you'd expect a first-class seat. So, what can you do when a third-party booking site sticks you into an economy class seat for the same price instead of the first-class ticket you bought?
1 day ago
8-year-old Macie Hill who tragically died at a Kaysville 4th of July parade. (Credit: The Hill Fami...
Dan Rascon & Andrew Adams, KSL TV

‘She was the sweetheart of the family’: Kaysville family remembers Macie Hill

An 8-year-old girl is remembered in Kaysville as the “light, sparkle, and sunshine” of her family after her tragic death on Monday.
1 day ago
Utah Highway Patrol cars watching the fireworks. (Credit: Utah Highway Patrol)...
Michael Houck

UHP: 5 fatal crashes, 2,500 drivers stopped for speeding July Fourth weekend

Utah Highway Patrol reports a 26% increase of cited drivers over the Fourth of July weekend compared to 2021. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Two UHP Patrol Cars Hit On Snowy, Slick Roads