- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A Utah Highway Patrol trooper trapped beneath a car after he stopped to help a crashed motorist was recovering Tuesday, authorities said.

Trooper David Schiers was standing beside the car when a BMW collided with it, trapping him beneath, police said.

Dashboard camera video from Schiers’ parked vehicle shows him bending down to investigate the damaged car in the median of a four-lane highway in Cedar City on Monday. The footage released by the highway patrol shows a black BMW sedan suddenly spinning off the road in rainy weather and slamming into the crashed car with enough force to throw pieces of the cars into the air. The impact forced the first car into Schiers and trapped him underneath it.

Jaws of life were used to lift the car, and an ambulance took Schiers to the hospital with serious injuries. He was transferred Tuesday to a Salt Lake City area hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition, Sgt. Todd Royce said.

Schiers is expected to make a full recovery.

No was hurt in either of the other two cars, The Spectrum & Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/1HdDadA ).

Heavy rain and pooling water were factors in both the crashes, which are still under investigation.

The driver of the BMW may have been going too fast for the conditions, Royce told The Associated Press.

Troopers are exposed to danger from oncoming traffic when they get out of their cars to help motorists, and injuries like those Schiers suffered happen, he said.

“That’s one of our worst fears,” said Royce, a spokesman for the highway patrol.

Cedar City is about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City.


Information from: The Spectrum, https://www.thespectrum.com

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