Man in fair condition after being pinned under train
Published: October 22, 2007 | 6733rd good news item since 2003
SOUTH SALT LAKE – A man is in the hospital in fair condition this morning after being struck by a commuter train and pinned underneath one of its cars.
South Salt Lake police spokesman Gary Keller says the incident occurred about 8:05 a.m. when the man, who has not been identified, tried to beat the northbound TRAX train leaving northbound from the Meadowbrook station at 3900 South and 188 West.
The man was hit as he crossed in front of the train, tossed about 20 feet down the track and then trapped underneath the first car. A South Salt Lake Fire Department crew had to use jacks to lift the train off of the man. He was then flown to a local hospital.
Keller says the man was conscious and talking as he was taken from the scene.
“This is quite amazing that he’s in such good condition,” he said.
Keller said the driver of the train was not at fault and would not be cited.
Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Carrie Vohnsack-Ware says this is the second pedestrian-TRAX incident at the Meadowbrook station since 2000.
The station has clearly posted warnings to pedestrians to watch for the trains, and a warning bell sounds whenever the trains leave the loading platforms.
“This is a good safety reminder,” Vohnsack-Ware said. “Don’t try to beat the train.”