A disturbing dash cam video was released showing Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Cade Brenchley flying through the air after he was struck by a car while responding to a crash in Sardine Canyon. The blizzard-like flurry of snow made the roads treacherous and visibility low.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Video just released of UHP trooper struck by car during Sundays snow storm in Sardine Canyon. Sgt. Cade Brenchley has some broker bones but will make a complete recovery. WARNING: Video is graphic. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/kutv2news?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#kutv2news</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/2NewsAM?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#2NewsAM</a><br>Video: Utah Department of Public Safety <a href="https://t.co/zJYnu79f9W">pic.twitter.com/zJYnu79f9W</a></p>— Ron Bird (@KUTVRon) <a href="https://twitter.com/KUTVRon/status/978683647006982145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"I'm truly grateful to be sitting here talking to you," Brenchley said two days after the incident. "It was not my favorite day." The Sergeant went on to explain how he responded to several crashes in Sardine Canyon. His wife and four children sit at his side at the Logan Regional Medical Center.
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Brenchley described the roads saying "It was very slick and slushy and the roads were snow-covered." He didn't see when a driver behind him lost control and slammed into him. The impact sent him flying through the air and into the other vehicle knocking him out. "I woke up and saw snow," he said. "And I was laying there, and it knocked the wind out of me, and I was gasping for breath."
Someone, Brenchley survived the terrifying hit with only four broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade, and some road rash. "It's miraculous, though, that this is all I have," he continued. His wife, Lindsay Brenchley, even watched the video but only once.
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"Even knowing he’s okay, I don’t like watching him fly through the air like that. It’s intense," she said. "When there’s snow on the road, you just need to check your ego and slow down. Luckily for me, I have a brother in heaven who’s watching my back," Brenchley explained.
He is talking about his fellow UHP Trooper, Eric Ellsworth, who died after being hit by a car while on duty in 2016. In a statement, the UHP said, "Our department is thankful to the multiple bystanders who came to the aide of Sgt. Brenchley after he was struck. The dash cam video shows many people on the scene who stopped to offer aid and called for help on his car radio."
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