SALT LAKE CITY (KSL) – The Utah Highway Patrol is recovering from what was a busy and disheartening weekend.
“It’s been one of the worst weekends for us as a department that I can remember, probably in the history of the highway patrol,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.
From Friday night through Sunday night, one UHP trooper was critically injured, two other patrol cars were hit, and another trooper used his car to purposely hit a wrong-way driver on the freeway.
Two of the incidents were caught by patrol car dashcams.
Royce described the mood around the UHP main headquarters on Monday as “somber.”
“The events of this weekend were disheartening. It worries us, the protection of our troopers and what we can do to help that. It’s very worrisome, is probably the best word for it,” he said.