Police are investigating a serious head-on collision on U.S. Highway 89 near Utah State University on Thursday that injured both drivers and indirectly led to the injury of a USU police officer who struck by a car while directing traffic at 1200 East.
The officer, identified on scene as Officer Alan Hodges, was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for evaluation and was later later released with minor injuries.
According to Logan City Police Lt. Bret Randall, the series of events began at about 12:45 p.m. with a collision with what appears to be an impaired driver who was unable to keep his vehicle in his own lane.
The 43-year-old male driver of a Ford pickup was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 89 on the curve south of the USU amphitheater. The driver suddently crossed the median and struck an oncoming silver sedan in the eastbound lane.
Debris from the crash was scattered across all five lanes, bringing traffic to a complete stop in both directions. Randall said officers arrived on scene and found the driver of the truck was bleeding heavily from a significant injury to his arm.
A Logan police officer provided emergency medical care until paramedics arrived on scene and were able to take over, while other officers were providing traffic control at points east and west of the crash.
According Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce, two officers above the crash scene were diverting traffic at the intersection of 1200 East and U.S. Highway 89.
Royce said a woman driving a Honda Pilot made a left turn from 1200 East onto the highway and the driver may have clipped the corner where Hodges was standing.
The woman was driving 10-15 mph at most when she struck Hodges, and, according to Royce, he apparently rode on the hood for about 20 feet before he rolled off.
The driver of the truck and the sedan were both transported to local hospitals with significant injuries, but both are expected to make a full recovery.