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Pedestrian rescued from underneath TRAX train

By Shara Park and Andrew Adams | Posted - Jan 28th, 2013 @ 5:51pm


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SALT LAKE CITY — A pedestrian was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after being hit and pinned beneath a TRAX train Monday morning.

UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said the man was trespassing about 100 feet north of a crossing at 2100 South at 200 West when he stepped onto the tracks around 6:30 a.m. Carpenter said the man was hit, dragged and pinned under the train, but was not run over by the wheels.

Officials said they brought in heavy equipment to help lift the train from the man, who's described as in his early 20s. It took crews about 30 minutes to rescue him.

Carpenter did not know if the incident was weather-related. But a witness said the man appeared to lose his footing and slip, then yelled for help.

Roads near the accident now have reopened. All TRAX trains were shut down after the accident but were running again as of 10 a.m.

Slushy Commute

Elsewhere, commuters faced slushy roads along many areas of the Wasatch Front. By 8:30 a.m. Monday, UDOT said snowplows had been out for 18 hours straight. However, "some ice may persist," and the commute was still a challenge for many.

Up to four semi-trucks were stuck in the middle lanes on northbound I-15 at 5300 South due to slick conditions. UDOT tweeted that eastbound 3300 South was closed at 500 West due to road conditions, but it was since cleared and re-opened.

Cottonwood Heights police tweeted slide-offs on Highland Drive and Fort Union Boulevard. They said Butler Hill "should be 4-wheel drive only. Please don't travel in the city unless absolutely necessary."

Numerous other accidents and slide-offs were reported along freeways in Salt Lake and Davis counties. Side streets also presented difficult conditions.

Airport Delays

No School Closings

No school districts are announcing school closings Monday morning. Check for updates as they become available.

Some flights were delayed at the Salt Lake International Airport while crews close runways to plow them.

Six flights had posted delays by 7 a.m.

Airport officials said flight cancellations were possible. They recommend air travelers check flight status before heading to the airport.

Get traffic updates on KSL Newsradio and check commute times on the ksl.com home page.

More snow is expected. Get the forecast here.

Contributing: Linda Williams and The Associated Press

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