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Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brian Nelson was an automobile accident when a passing pickup hydroplaned, striking the vehicle.
A highway patrol officer in Utah, has been released from the hospital having survived when a truck lost control and hit his car on the side of an interstate over the weekend.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the crash happened shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday along Interstate 15 in Box Elder County, located north of Salt Lake City.
Sgt. Brian Nelson was stopped on the side of the road, examining his third crash of the day along the stretch of the interstate when a white Dodge pick-up truck hydroplaned and struck it with his vehicle.
“If he was out of the car, and I think that the injury could have been a lot worse,” UHP Cpl. Colton Freckleton, told FOX13.
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The highway patrol said a medical helicopter is preparing to pick up Nelson, who is said to be “a serious pain in the neck,” but it was cancelled due to heavy rain.
The damage in Germany. Brian Nelson’s vehicle after it was hit by a truck that hydroplaned on Saturday on Interstate 15 in Box Elder County.
(Colonel Michael Rapich/Utah Highway Patrol)
Nelson was transported to an area hospital where he was checked out and there is no visible break. He was Later treated and released, and it’s going to be a follow up with his physician next week, after the break, police said.
“We are very lucky to have him in the car to bring that influence,” Freckleton told FOX13.
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Prior to the crash, officers said that Nelson was a warning to the driver that is involved in the first crash, and to keep in the car just in case someone else lost control on the highway.
Freckleton, told FOX13 that the woman driving the truck in which Nelson’s car was seen in the accident and went on to give them the space they need, but do not anticipate hydroplaning on the highway.
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“We ask the drivers to your slowing down, and then, if you have an open lane,” he said.
Officials have released video of the crash on Sunday, to Facebook, from which it appeared that, at the time that the truck and the trooper’s vehicle and the other vehicle involved in the first crash and before the wheels start to slip, and down the rain-soaked interstate roads.
“A vivid reminder of the importance of SLOWING down in inclement weather,” police said.
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Freckleton said his five years with the highway patrol, he was hit two more times. The most recent was in August, when responding to a traffic accident, which he described as a “scary experience.”
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He told FOX13 that the authorities will find out that all of the directors of the patrol vehicles with their lights on, it is happening more often.
“I don’t see that the message is clearly getting across,” he said on Sunday. “I have a feeling that it is getting worse and worse, and I think that is also another reason as to why this is happening is because the drivers are driving distracted.”