2 dead in separate pedestrian vs. train incidents

2 dead in separate pedestrian vs. train incidents

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PROVO — Two people were killed on Wednesday in two separate train vs. person incidents, according to Utah Transit Authority.

About 6:10 p.m. a southbound TRAX train struck an individual who had trespassed on the tracks at 11796 S. 700 East. The incident killed the person and caused delays.

A van and bus bridge were set up from Sandy Civic Center to Draper as of 6:45 p.m. and delays were possible on the TRAX Blue Line, according to UTA officials.

The incident appeared to be intentional, UTA senior media relations specialist Carl Arky said.

A man in his 30s to early 40s died in the first incident, which took place at 820 N. 2043 West and involved a northbound FrontRunner train that departed from Provo, Arky said in an email.

The man trespassed onto FrontRunner train tracks and died when the train hit him, according to Arky. The trespassing "has been deemed an intentional act," and Arky stated that UTA will not be releasing any more information about either victim in both incidents.

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Correction: A previous version said the TRAX train involved in the evening incident was a FrontRunner train. That information has been corrected.

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Lauren Bennett is a reporter with KSL.com who covers Utah’s religious community and the growing tech sector in the Beehive State.


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