A Utah Highway Patrol trooper says he is lucky to be alive after being struck by a car during a snowstorm Sunday in Sardine Canyon near Wellsville.
“I have four broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and this is all on the back right side where I was struck initially by the car,” Brenchley said. “I do have some road rash on the side of my face. It is miraculous, though, that this is all I have.”
Brenchley was outside of his car checking on other accident victims on state Route 91 when he was struck.
“This type of accident is what we are always trying to prevent,” he said.
The road was wet and icy conditions had forced several vehicles from the road at the time of the accident.
“As troopers when we arrive on scene, our first priority is to make the scene safe. When there is snow on the road, you just need to check your ego and slow down. Be patient, be courteous. We all have the common goal to get where we are going safely.”
Brenchley is the eleventh Utah Highway Patrolman who has been hit by a car since Jan. 1.
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