Trooper’s Vehicle Struck While Assisting With Rollover Crash
Jan 1, 2020, 9:26 PM | Updated: 9:31 pm
PROVO, Utah – A passing vehicle struck a trooper who was stopped on the road while assisting the driver of an SUV who went off the road and landed upside down in the North Fork of the Provo River.
Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol were dispatched around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday to mile marker 26 on State Route 92, also known as the Alpine Loop.
Officials said the Jeep Liberty was traveling westbound when it slid off the right side of the road and rolled down the embankment, landing on its top.
The 23-year-old driver suffered lacerations to his face. He was transported to a nearby ski resort to receive medical care.
His exact condition was unknown.
No other vehicles were involved.
While Corporal Justin Cloward was at the scene, another vehicle passing by the crash site struck the left rear fender of his patrol truck.
A UHP trooper's vehicle was struck while he was assisting a driver who's SUV rolled down an embankment along the Alpine Loop. pic.twitter.com/MKSI3YWNy2
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Cloward was inside his vehicle at the time, with his emergency lights activated. Officials said he was checked out for minor injuries.
Officials said the driver was going too fast for conditions when they slammed into Corporal Cloward’s vehicle.
UHP officials have asked drivers to use caution around emergency vehicles.
Traffic was backed up in Provo Canyon as crews worked to clear the scene.