- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah Highway Patrol trooper remained in extremely critical condition Saturday after being struck by a vehicle, authorities said.

Trooper Eric Ellsworth of Brigham City was struck Friday night by a car while attempting to slow traffic in Garland because of a problem with a power line. The officer’s injuries were life-threatening, Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said.

Garland is about 70 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Ellsworth was struck by a car after he stepped out of his vehicle to warn a truck driver about sagging power lines in the area, Royce said. “This is a tragedy,” he said.

No other injuries were reported, and Royce said the car’s driver, a teenage girl, stopped at the scene.

“It’s tough on her. It’s tough on everybody that’s involved. It was tough on witnesses,” Royce said of the driver. “It’s just a sad situation all the way around.”

Ellsworth was hospitalized at the Intermountain Medical Center in metro Salt Lake City after being flown from a local hospital near the accident site.

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the crash.

Ellsworth has been a trooper for seven years, and his father is a now-retired trooper. Ellsworth is married, and he and his wife have three young sons.

Ellsworth was the second Utah police officer struck by a vehicle this month.

On Nov. 6, West Valley police Officer Cody Brotherson was struck and killed by a vehicle that was fleeing from officers during a pursuit.

Royce reminded drivers to give law enforcement officers plenty of space while they are working on roadways.

“Traffic is a danger,” he said. “It’s scary out there.”

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