Logan, UT. – Sgt. Cade Brenchley of the Utah Highway Patrol, spoke to the media for the first-time on Tuesday, since he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday in Sardine Canyon. While speaking, from Logan Regional Hospital, Sgt. Brenchley said that he remembered stepping out of his patrol vehicle and then blackness, like a weird dream.
Sgt. Brenchley was responding to multiple slide offs in the canyon when he was struck from behind by a car skidding on the icy highway. He suffered broken ribs and a broken scapula and was transported to Logan Regional Hospital.
Brenchley is a 13 year veteran of the department and is well respected in his community where he serves as a local soccer coach. Sgt. Brenchley has previously been involved in delivering twins on the side of the interstate and helping save a burn victim in a car crash. He spearheads our northern Utah public information and education efforts and works with local high schools. Most importantly, he is a husband and father of four.
The Utah Highway Patrol stated in a release that it was 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 aide and called for help on his car radio.
Sgt. Brenchley is the 11th trooper to be hit along Utah roads this year to date. In 2017, 10 troopers were hit in the entire year. In only three months, that number has unfortunately already been surpassed.
Please remember slow down in hazardous driving conditions, or when passing vehicles or pedestrians along roadways. Also please be alert and aware while driving, and try and eliminate distractions.
(Dash cam footage: Department of Public Safety)