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Man critically injured in TRAX incident



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A man is in critical condition this morning after being struck by a TRAX train.

It happened just before 8:00 last night at the 200 S. Main Street station in Salt Lake. Witnesses told us the man got up, walked toward the train as it approached, stumbled, and hit the train.

Curtis Stroud saw it happen and was horrified. "It hit him. He went down, and as he got hit a couple of times, his head went under the train," he said.

"It was very disturbing," another witness said.

The man's head and leg became pinned, and fire officials had to extricate him.

Scott Freitag of the Salt Lake City Fire Department said, "Rescuers who were working on him, they could smell quite a bit of alcohol. We don't know if that was a factor or not."

Fire officials say the TRAX driver saw the man and sounded the horn, but couldn't stop the train in time.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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