Trooper critically injured in wreck released from hospital - VIDEO
Taylorsville, Utah
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Trooper Devin Gurney was outside his patrol car when a driver drifted across five lanes and struck his patrol car at full speed

By PoliceOne Staff

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A trooper who was critically injured Monday when a driver fell asleep and struck his patrol car has been released from the hospital.

Trooper Devin Gurney, 27, was conducting a traffic stop when the driver of an SUV fell asleep, drifted across traffic and struck Gurney’s car at full speed, KSL reported. He was originally transported to the hospital in critical condition with severe leg injuries, but no broken bones. 

When he arrived at the hospital, Gurney’s injures were deemed non-life-threatening and the hospital said he could be discharged as early as Tuesday afternoon.

"I had the worst possibilities in mind when I went [to the hospital]," Col. Michael Rapich told the publication. "And to have everyone with non-life threatening injuries and be able to walk from this, is really something that's remarkable, and we're grateful that's the case.”

Nearly half a dozen minor injuries were reported as a result of the three-car wreck. Charges against the SUV driver are pending.

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