Trooper injured in Parley's Canyon crash

By Kimberly Nelson

Published 08/22 2012 09:02AM

Updated 08/24 2012 10:30PM

LAMB'S CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was helping to direct traffic at a crash scene was himself injured in a separate incident.

The trooper, 14-year-veteran Sgt. Chris Dunn was struck by the driver of a utility truck who was reportedly distracted. The truck hit Sgt. Dunn as he was either getting into his patrol car or reaching into his patrol car while having his left hand on his car. The trooper's hand was severed.

He was flown to the University of Utah hospital and underwent surgery to reattach his hand. 

The original crash involving a van and a semi truck happened on Interstate 80 and Lamb's Canyon.

A medical helicopter was dispatched to transport one of the people involved in the crash to a local hospital.

Both crashes forced the closure of I-80 for more than an hour so that the helicopters could land, and so that investigators could collect data and evidence at the scene.

The closure caused some travelers to wait more than three hours to pass through the canyon.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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