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Man dies after vehicle and FrontRunner train collide in Orem

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - May 16th, 2019 @ 5:12pm | Posted - May 16th, 2019 @ 10:04am


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OREM — A man who was critically injured Thursday morning after a vehicle and a FrontRunner train collided died from his injuries, officials said Thursday evening.

The eastbound vehicle and southbound train collided about 8:30 a.m. near 1843 W. 400 South in Orem, according to a news release from Utah Transit Authority spokesman Carl Arky.

The vehicle rolled several times down an embankment and came to rest upside down, Arky said. Emergency crews extricated a 62-year-old man, who was the only person in the vehicle, officials said.

The man suffered critical injuries and was transported to a hospital, according to UTA Police Sgt. Dalan Taylor. Arky said the man later died at the hospital.

His name was not immediately released.

The man's car was in front of the gate crossing arm when the arm came down, according to Taylor. It was either resting on the back of the man's car or was behind it when the train hit the car, he said.

Taylor was not sure if the car had driven under the crossing arm or if it was parked there before the arm came down.

He did not know if the man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

All train warning signals were functioning properly when the collision took place, he added. No one on the train was injured, Taylor said.

Trains run at full speed, which is 79 miles per hour, at the crossing where the crash took place, Taylor said. However, since they are approaching the Orem FrontRunner station there, trains often slow down by the time they get to the crossing, he added.

People are advised to back up if they are located in the path of a train when the crossing arms come down, Taylor said.

As of 9:30 a.m., a bus bridge was in place between American Fork and Orem, UTA said on Twitter. All trains resumed normal schedule later in the day.

Contributing: Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio; Carter Williams, KSL.com

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