08/23/2012

Utah trooper's fingers severed in car swipe

Trooper was leaning in on the driver side, bracing himself with the door, when he was hit by a utility truck

Deseret Morning News

SALT LAKE CITY — A veteran trooper had three fingers severed and suffered a serious injury to his arm Wednesday when he was sideswiped by a vehicle while investigating a separate accident. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt.

Chris Dunn, 47, was hospitalized Wednesday in critical but stable condition after suffering "extensive trauma" to his left arm and hand. UHP Lt. Steve Winward said the trooper's pinkie, ring and middle fingers were severed in the accident and he also suffered damage to his forearm. Dunn underwent surgery Wednesday and doctors were working to try and reattach the man's fingers.

The incident began just before 6:30 a.m. when a slow-moving semitrailer going east on I-80 was rear-ended by a van near the Lambs Canyon exit. There were no life-threatening injuries in that accident, said UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson, but a medical helicopter was called as a precaution.

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