NOTE: Video contains real crash footage; images may be disturbing to some.
Video courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol.
SOUTHERN UTAH – A routine traffic stop can turn deadly in an instant for the emergency responders on Utah’s roads.
Thursday, the Utah Highway Patrol released a video montage depicting actual roadside accidents that have occurred while officers, troopers and other responders were conducting traffic stops.
To view video, click play above
Included in the video is footage of a July 6 accident that involved UHP Trooper David Schiers, of Parowan.
On a rainy afternoon, Schiers was investigating an accident on Interstate 15 in Iron County when a passing vehicle hydroplaned and struck the car Schiers was assisting, pushing the vehicle into the trooper and pinning him beneath it.
Cedar City Fire responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free Schiers from beneath the vehicle. Schiers was taken to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City in serious condition and spent two weeks in the hospital.
Responders face danger every day on Utah’s roads, and passing cars can pose one of the biggest threats.
“We wear bullet proof vests,” a UHP statement issued Thursday said, “our vest can’t stop these bullets (cars).”
The video released Thursday was created to demonstrate to motorists just how dangerous the roadside can be – and how important it is for drivers to slow down and move over when they’re passing a traffic stop or accident scene.
“I’ve been hit seriously four times myself,” Parowan City Police Officer Stanley Talbot said in a July interview. “It’s scary out there sometimes; absolutely it is.”
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