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Car hydroplanes, pushes stranded vehicle on top of UHP trooper

CEDAR CITY — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was injured when he ended up pinned beneath a vehicle he was trying to help Monday.

The trooper was responding to a Ford sedan that hydroplaned about 3 p.m. on I-15 near Cedar City and crashed into cable barriers along the side of the freeway, Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Esplin said.

The doors to the Ford were jammed shut in the crash, and the trooper was talking to the driver through the car's window when it was hit by a BMW, pushing the Ford on top of the trooper.

"He was standing along the median side of the car against the cable barrier, waiting for the fire truck to show up, talking to them through the window, when the second vehicle hydroplaned, lost control, went into the cable barrier right behind them," Esplin said. "It went into the back of the first vehicle, knocking that vehicle into the trooper, and that vehicle ended up on top of the trooper."

Cedar City fire crews responding to the initial crash arrived seconds later, found the car on top of the trooper and used Jaws of Life equipment to lift the car up and slide the trooper out, Esplin said. The trooper was out in minutes and on his way to a hospital.

The trooper, whose name was not initially released, was transported to Valley View Medical Center with serious injuries.

"He's doing OK, considering what happened," Esplin said. "He's got some broken ribs and is going to be in some pain for a while. Miraculously, he didn't have any other broken bones and should make a full recovery."

The drivers of the Ford and the BMW were not injured.

Cedar City police are investigating both crashes, which a department spokesman said appears to be the result of heavy rain that pooled water on the freeway. Citations have not been issued.

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A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was injured when he ended up pinned beneath a vehicle he was trying to help Monday. Video courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol. See article here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632076/Car-hydroplanes-pushes-strande