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Man, dog critically injured in crash involving TRAX train and car

Police respond to a crash involving a car and a TRAX train in West Valley City on Tuesday.

Police respond to a crash involving a car and a TRAX train in West Valley City on Tuesday. (Derek Petersen, KSL-TV)


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WEST VALLEY CITY — A 78-year-old man and his dog were critically injured after their vehicle was struck by an oncoming TRAX train on Tuesday afternoon.

Utah Transit Authority spokesman Carl Arky said the man was driving near 3360 South and 2700 West in West Valley City and turned left to cross the tracks at around 12:15 p.m. when he was struck by a northbound train.

UTA police responded and the man was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. The dog in the vehicle was also critically injured, Arky said.

Arky said there were no injuries to any riders on the train, and said the train did not derail, contrary to early reports. The crash is currently under investigation, and police have not released the identity of the man.

Drivers should remember to observe and follow all warning signals in the vicinity of railroad tracks and train stations, Arky said.

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Bridger Beal-Cvetko covers Utah politics, Salt Lake County communities and breaking news for KSL.com. He is a graduate of Utah Valley University.

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