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Broadsiding of cruiser sends officer to hospital

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SANDY — A South Salt Lake patrol officer is in the hospital with a broken leg after his police car was broadsided Friday morning.

Officer Scott Walton was listed in satisfactory condition Friday at University Hospital. Walton was headed for his 6 a.m. police shift when another car hit the driver's side of Walton's patrol car at the 10600 South overpass near 250 West, said Sandy police Sgt. Kevin Thacker.

"A vehicle heading westbound got confused with the lights and the construction area and was attempting a left-hand turn to get onto the freeway southbound when he ran into the left side of the police car," Thacker said.

Rescue workers had to cut the post between the patrol car's front and back door to remove Walton from the vehicle. He was airlifted to the hospital.

The 23-year-old man from Alpine who was driving the other car was taken to Alta View Hospital with minor injuries. Police cited the man for negligent collision, Thacker said.