As part of Public Service Recognition Week, Utah State Government Executives were asked by Governor Herbert to spend part of the day with state workers who provide direct help to the public. UDOT’s Incident Management Teams are trained to work with Highway Patrol officers at accident scenes, come to the aid of stranded motorists and remove dangerous debris from the freeways.
Like guardian angels of motorists on state roadways, IMT workers spend most of the day looking for people who need help. Director John Njord spent a few hours patrolling I-15 in an IMT truck with Jeff Reynolds.
IMT worker Jeff Reynolds, left, and Director John Njord, far right, look on as a motorists calls for assistance. Jeff first makes sure the motorist is not hurt and is safely away from traffic.
The red car had a punctured gas tank. A jagged piece of steel, bottom right, is the culprit.
Jeff and John discuss the scene with IMT Coordinator Dave Stallworth. Luckily, the amount of gas spilled is very minimal, and does not pose a hazard to the public.
Soon confirmation is received that a tow truck is on the way, so the IMT truck is back on the road. Most stranded motorists who get IMT help see resolution within 30 minutes.
John thanks IMT Coordinator Dave Stallworth. Dave and his team work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, but are on call 24/7.
Jeff and Dave briefly discuss truck mileage and maintenance issues before going back on patrol.