Dash cam: Fire chief survives terrifying highway crash

David Schiers was attempting to help get occupants out of a vehicle that had crashed when a BMW slammed into the car and pinned him underneath

CEDAR CITY, Utah — A highway patrol trooper, who's also a volunteer fire chief with the Parowan (Utah) Fire Department, was hit by and pinned under a car Monday afternoon while responding to a separate car crash.

KSL.com reported that trooper David Schiers arrived at the scene of the initial crash on an interstate at about 3 p.m., where he discovered a car had collided with some cable barriers. The car had hydroplaned and gone into the center median because of poor weather.

While he was investigating the crash and waiting for the Cedar City Fire Department to arrive to extricate the victims, a black BMW hydroplaned and collided with the car, which then hit Schiers, according to the report.

Paramedics arrived just moments later and lifted the vehicle within a couple of minutes. Schiers was then transported to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He has some broken ribs and will be in pain for a while, but is doing OK and should make a full recovery, according to the report.

Police are currently investigating both incidents, but they believe heavy rainfall and pooling water on the interstate are major contributors. There were no other injuries.

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