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Man 'not paying attention' hit by FrontRunner train

By Whitney Evans | Posted - Jan 7th, 2014 @ 9:40pm

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ROY — The man hit by a FrontRunner train coming to a stop Tuesday morning was apparently not paying attention when the train struck him, police said.

The man, 36, had gotten off the northbound train shortly after 7:45 a.m., walked across the southbound tracks and did not see the train approaching, Roy Police Sgt. Shane Hubbard said.

The man "was not paying attention and then the southbound FrontRunner train conductor was blowing his horn and everything trying to get his attention," Hubbard said. "The pedestrian looked at the last second and couldn't get out of the way in time."

The train was slowing down when it hit the man, said UTA spokesman Remi Barron.

Medical crews and police responded to treat the man who received "severe head trauma, torso trauma and both legs trauma," Hubbard said.

Police were unable to confirm the man's identity and reported he was listed in extremely critical condition Tuesday night.

Investigators were unsure whether the man was wearing headphones when he was hit.

The accident happened less than 24 hours after a woman was hit and killed by a northbound TRAX train about 4:30 p.m. Monday, just north of the Ballpark station at 180 W. 1300 South.

The woman had come in contact with UTA officers 30 to 40 minutes before she was hit, Barron said. She was intoxicated, so officers took her to a detox center.

"Unfortunately, she did not stick around very long," he said.

One of the officers who helped the woman earlier responded to the TRAX accident and recognized the woman.

The woman's identity has not been released. Officials believe that the woman was homeless and have had difficulty contacting her family.


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