RICH COUNTY, UT. – Rich County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Nichol and his family are thanking the community for their overwhelming support, and are expressing gratitude to everyone who has helped Jon, or prayed on his behalf, following his serious injury accident on Tuesday, February 5th.
Deputy Nichol suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries in a crash at around 10:30 Tuesday morning when he was struck by a semi truck that had lost control on the icy roadway.
Nichol was responding on behalf of the Rich County Sheriffs Office, along with State Park Rangers and the Utah Highway Patrol along state Route 30 in Laketown Canyon. The agencies were investigating the crash of semi tractor trailer that had slid off the road during a fast moving snow storm.
While they were directing traffic for the incident, Deputy Nichol was struck by a second westbound runaway semi truck. Nichol was below the runaway truck ramp, along with DNR officer Daniel Roskelley, when he saw the semi coming towards them at a high rate of speed. The truck had lost control coming down the grade. The semi struck Nichol while traveling at around 60 miles per hour, and proceeded over him for the full length of the trailer. The truck missed the runway ramp and came to rest striking some nearby rocks.
Deputy Nichol was transported to Logan Regional Hospital, as was the semi driver who suffered minor injuries.
No date has been scheduled for his release from the hospital.