By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Sweetwater County sheriff deputy’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle on Friday morning as he investigated a separate crash in the same area.
The deputy responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash near Green River on Interstate 80 at Friday morning.
Upon arrival, the deputy learned that the driver has lost control of the vehicle on black ice. The vehicle slid off of the roadway, into the median and collided with the steel cable barrier.
While tending to the crash, the deputy was parked in the median and seated in his vehicle with its red and blue emergency lights flashing.
A short while later, another driver passing by lost control of his vehicle, which collided with the deputy’s patrol car.
It was estimated that the passing vehicle was traveling between 60 and 65 mph before the driver lost control and collided with the deputy’s vehicle.
The driver was cited and released for speeding too fast for conditions.
The deputy sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Sweetwater Memorial Hospital.
“It never fails. When winter conditions hit, it always takes folks some time to adjust their driving behaviors,” sheriff’s office spokesperson Jason Mower said. “We’re very lucky. This could have been much worse. We want everyone to make it home safe for the holidays, so please pay attention, buckle up, take it slow and be careful out there.”