LINDON, Utah, March 8, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper has been released from the hospital following a crash on Interstate 15 in Lindon Monday that left him in critical condition.
Trooper Devyn Gurney, 27, was struck at 10:50 a.m. while on a traffic stop in the emergency lane of I-15 at milepost 273, according to a news release from the UHP.
An SUV hit the back of the cruiser, which then struck Gurney, who was outside the vehicle. Utah County investigators say it appears the SUV driver fell asleep at the wheel, and crossed four lanes of traffic.
Both Gurney and the driver of an SUV that was involved in the accident were in critical condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals.
According to the Utah Department of Transportation, four southbound left lanes of traffic were closed at milepost 273, and stopped traffic extended to American Fork and Lehi.
UHP Colonel Michael Rapich provided this update Tuesday afternoon: “We are grateful to report that Trooper Gurney will be released from the hospital soon and continue to recover at home alongside his family.
“If you see flashing lights, please slow down or move over. It is the law. Not only does this apply to our Troopers on patrol, but all emergency vehicles and personnel. Be attentive when you are driving.
“We want to thank the public for their continued support and well wishes for Trooper Gurney. We count on each of you to help us share our safety messages and to keep our Troopers safe while on duty.”
Gurney, who has been a UHP trooper for three years serving Utah County, was released Tuesday evening.