ST. GEORGE — As a Utah Highway Patrol trooper was attempting to slow down traffic during severe weather over the holiday, he was struck head-on by another driver near Beaver.
At around 3:40 p.m. Friday, UHP Sgt. David Bairett was attempting to slow southbound traffic on Interstate 15 near milepost 100 when his cruiser was struck by another vehicle in a head-on collision.
Bairett and the driver of the other car were uninjured, but the force of the collision rendered both cars disabled.
Bairett cruiser was not the first UHP vehicle to be struck this week while attempting to create safe driving conditions or investigating crashes prompted by inclement weather.
Monday evening, a trooper was investigating a crash blocking the high occupancy vehicle lane on the I-15 in northern Utah when a small passenger car lost control and struck a van on scene. The force of the collision caused the vehicle to then spin around and hit the rear of the patrol car.
The trooper was in his vehicle at the time of the crash, and sustained minor injuries, which were evaluated at the hospital before he was cleared.
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