Man Hospitalized Following TRAX Accident

Man Hospitalized Following TRAX Accident

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(KSL TV) One man is in the hospital this morning after colliding with a TRAX train in his SUV.

The accident happened at the height of rush hour last night and shut down southbound TRAX service for just over an hour.

James Clafton, 31, apparently ignored the signs at a closed TRAX crossing on 27th South, skidded underneath the arm and hit a southbound TRAX train.

"When I first approached the vehicle, he was inside, conscious, and in great pain. Obviously wanted to get out," said witness Tom Richards. "We couldn't get him out, so just tried to calm him down until emergency vehicles (could get here)."

Police say that Clafton was pinned inside his car for more than an hour before firefighters were able to pull him out.

He is now in serious condition at LDS hospital.

No passengers aboard the train were hurt.

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