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Pedestrian hit by FrontRunner train critically injured

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Updated - Nov 21st, 2018 @ 12:27pm | Posted - Nov 21st, 2018 @ 7:22am

AMERICAN FORK — One person was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday morning after being hit by a FrontRunner train.

The pedestrian was crossing the tracks at the platform in American Fork, 782 W. 200 South, about 6:30 a.m. when he was hit by a train pulling into the station, according to a spokesman for the Utah Transit Authority.

"He tapped on and never looked up," said UTA spokesman Carl Arky, who noted the man walked right in front of the train.

Details about how fast the train was going when the man was hit were not immediately released.

The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital. Arky said he suffered head trauma and broken bones that would require surgery. But by 11 a.m. he was alert and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Trains heading north into Salt Lake City were delayed while emergency crews attended to the situation.

Pat Reavy

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