Officer Down! Utah Trooper Ellsworth In Extremely Critical Condition

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Trooper Eric Ellsworth

Officer Down! Utah Trooper Ellsworth In Extremely Critical Condition

Box Elder County, UT – A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was struck by a vehicle late Friday night while working. The trooper is said to be in extremely critical condition and the agency has asked for thoughts to be extended to the officer and his family.

Trooper Eric Ellsworth was working near the Garland area in Box Elder County when a call was received about a sagging power line. When he arrived in the 13600 block of State Road 13 he observed the line down and obstructing traffic. Trooper Ellsworth was in the roadway attempting to alert an approaching semi-tractor trailer driver of the downed wire so the truck would not strike the line when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. The 2006 Chevrolet passenger car that struck Ellsworth was driven by a 16-year-old girl and she remained at the scene after the crash.

The trooper was flown by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray for treatment.

UHP Sergeant Todd Royce issued a statement to the press saying that the investigation into why, and exactly, what happened is still ongoing. As of 10 AM Saturday morning, his condition was considered, “extremely critical.” The department took to Facebook and issued the following statement Saturday morning:

The area where the crash occurred is a dark, rural road with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. While early in the investigation, investigators have said that they do not believe alcohol played a part in this crash.

Ellsworth has been with the Utah State Police for about 7 years and is a second-generation Utah Trooper. His father retired after many years of service to UHP. He is also married and has three young sons who need their daddy to recover and come home to them.

An account has been set up at America First Credit Union under Eric Ellsworth Family Charitable Account for those who wish to donate to the family to assist with expenses during this difficult time. Stay tuned to Blue Lives Matter for updates on this tragic story.

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