- Update Dec. 18, 11:25 a.m. Details of citation added.
- Update Nov. 13, 4:45 p.m. Information regarding citation added.
- Update Nov. 12, 6 p.m. Report revised with information about the Lexus driver’s injuries. Additional photos added showing the damage to the Lexus.
WASHINGTON CITY — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after reportedly going through a red light and crashing into another driver, who was also injured, on state Route 9.
Washington City Police responded to the incident at approximately 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of SR-9/West State Street and Telegraph Street/Old Highway 91.
A man driving a black Lexus sedan on Telegraph Street proceeded north through the intersection on a green light, Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said.
“We had a UHP trooper that was eastbound on SR-9 who entered the intersection on a red light and struck the Lexus,” Kantor said.
Responding medical personnel from Washington City Fire Department and Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on scene to evaluate both drivers.
The trooper was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation of injuries, Kantor said, noting that there were no apparent serious injuries.
The driver of the Lexus, Eric Bowen, also went to the hospital where it was found he suffered a broken collar bone, chest contusion and bruised ribs.
Bowen told St. George News he was placed on bed rest and may need surgery as a result of his injuries.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Police were still investigating why the trooper entered the intersection on a red light at the time this report was taken.
Since the drivers were injured and went to the hospital, Kantor said, no citation was issued at the time of the crash.
“Typically any situation like that – particularly with a law enforcement agency involved – they’re not acting until they’ve sought medical attention,” Kantor told St. George News.
Washington County Attorney Jerry Yeager later reviewed the case, and the trooper, Grant Hintze, was served with an infraction charge for failing to yield at a traffic signal Nov. 21.
Both cars sustained heavy damage and were inoperable following the crash.
The left turn lane on westbound SR-9 was blocked temporarily while crews cleared the scene and wreckers removed the cars.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. note: On first publish, this report quoted Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor stating that the driver of the Lexus was not injured in the crash. The driver, Eric Bowen, later clarified to St. George News that he was, in fact, injured. Report revised accordingly.
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