SUV collides with train

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SALT LAKE CITY -- An SUV hit a train carrying hazardous materials Tuesday morning. No one was seriously injured.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department said the SUV was southbound on 900 West around 5 a.m. when it hit the train near 1700 South.

Three people—-a couple in their 40s in the front seat and a child in the backseat—-were in the SUV. They were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The train was pulling tanks carrying hazardous materials, but the SUV only hit the locomotive. None of the tanks was damaged, and there was no indication of any leaks.

The train was traveling about 7 miles per hour as it entered the area of 900 West and 1700 South. The fire department said trains were required to travel 10 miles per hour or less through that part of town.

It appeared the driver did not see the train as it entered the crossing, which does not have gates to block the roadway. The conductor sounded the train's horn, but apparently the driver did not hear it. It was initially unclear how fast the SUV was traveling and whether the driver was impaired.


Story compiled with information from Randall Jeppesen and Shara Park.

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