Man Still in Recovery After Frontrunner Incident

2 weeks after being struck by a train, little improvement Getting off the train en route to his job in Roy, Utah, Alex Saurez was hit by a Frontrunner train travelling in the opposite direction. For the past two weeks, Saurez has remained at Mckay Dee Hospital as doctors address his injuries. KSL’s Alex Cabrero reported earlier this week that “Doctors were able to repair most of the physical injuries, but they are still worried about brain damage that may have occurred.” Saurez’s brother-in-law Sergio Pio, said “We’ve been on a roller coaster ride every single day, he has a broken leg, the knee, broken arm. They removed his spleen and eight ribs.” However, Saurez’s injuries don’t stop there. Pio continued, “After they went deeper, they found it was more injury than was supposed to be on the brain.” The circumstances leading to the incident are still under investigation. It is unknown if Saurez was distracted, in a rush to get to work, or otherwise unable to move out of the way of the oncoming train. The extent of  the brain damage that Suarez has sustained is unknown, likewise it is uncertain when he will regain consciousness. Sergio Pio, who has checked in with him nearly every day for the two weeks he has been in the hospital, told KSL that it may take anywhere from a couple of days to a year for Suarez to wake up.  Unfortunately his health insurance ran out two days before  the incident; as Suarez’s wife and four children wait for him to recover, the “Alex and Gabriela Suarez Family Fund” has been...

Mountain Crest High School Teacher Dies after Being Hit by Train

An award winning biology teacher at Mountain Crest High School identified as Larry Litizzette, 56, was hit and killed by a train Saturday afternoon in Spanish Fork Canyon. According to the report, Litizzette was duck hunting with his son when the accident happened. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said Litizzette was on the tracks when he was hit. He then fell 20 feet into the river below. His son pulled him out of the water. Litizzette has been teaching biology for 29 years at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum. He is described by colleagues as one of the best teachers in school. He had inspired many students to love Biology; one of his former students credits Litizzette as the reason he became a biology teacher. He is also described as an award-winning teacher whose achievements include winning the prestigious Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education in 2010. He also won the “Teacher of the Year” award, voted by students and teachers. Robert Henke, principal at Mountain Crest High School considered Litizzette’s death as a big loss and confirmed that he was a great teacher who was passionate about his teaching. He is an inspiration to many students and they loved his teaching and great personality. Counsellors will be made available in the school to help the students deal with the loss. Authorities are investigating the accident to answer some of the many unanswered questions that are being asked. As of now, it is not known why he was on the tracks. Also, they will determine if his death was the result of being hit by the train, the fall, or drowning, according to Utah County Sheriff’s Office The biology teacher leaves...

TRAX train and Pickup Truck Collision Leaves 2 Injured

A collision between a TRAX train and a pickup truck resulted to the serious injuries of a teenage boy and a woman. According to the report, the teenage boy was driving the pickup truck which was headed north on 2700 West and attempted to make a U-turn at 3360 South when the accident happened. Cropper disclosed that although the traffic signal was green at the intersection for thru-traffic, the turn-light was red. The driver of the pickup allegedly failed to notice the incoming train when he made the turn. The report added that the passengers of the train sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The accident interrupted TRAX service on the northbound route, but was expected to be restored later Saturday evening. The accident is still being investigated as disclosed by Cropper. Christensen & Hymas hopes for the full recovery for those who are injured in this accident. We encourage everyone to be extra careful on the road. Safe driving requires the full attention of everyone involved.  Always anticipate changing road conditions and make sure that you are aware of other road users. If you are involved in an accident and it was the other driver’s fault, you can claim compensation for your injuries in order to get relief from the financial demands of hospitalization, medications, or treatment and therapies as well as loss of income. You may call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to provide you more information and assistance regarding personal injury claims. Call us now to benefit from the service of dedicated...
Frontrunner Close Call

Frontrunner Close Call

In North Salt Lake last Thursday, a FrontRunner train came extremely close to a collision with an SUV. The train stopped just a few feet short of a car stuck on the tracks. There were no injuries because of some incredible, safety-focused coordination. Unusual amounts of congestion were reported all over Utah due to the strange freezing-rain conditions. The FrontRunner crossing on Center Street in Salt Lake was especially congested. There had been reports of cars stopping on the tracks. A UTA supervisor watched the crossing closely, and when the crossing arms came down, and the lights started to flash, and there was still a car stuck on the tracks, he made quick emergency call to the train, telling it to stop. The FrontRunner can travel up to 79 miles per hour, and can take up to a mile to stop completely. As shown in this photo that came from KSL’s iWitness app, the train stopped just in time. UTA spokesperson Gerry Carpenter wanted to stress the importance of following train safety guidelines. Drivers need to stop before the crossing in congested areas, and wait to move onto the tracks until it is clear to cross completely. Carpenter reminds motorists that it is illegal to cross tracks once the lights have started flashing. If for some reason you find yourself caught on the tracks when a train is approaching, abandon your vehicle completely. He says, “We can replace property but we can’t replace human...

Pedestrian Rescued from Under TRAX

KSL reported Monday morning, a pedestrian was hit and pinned beneath a TRAX train. According to UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter, the man was trespassing around 6:30 am, near the crossing at 2100 South and 200 West, where he stepped onto the tracks, was hit, dragged, and pinned under the train, but was not run over by the wheels. Officials brought in huge and heavy equipment to lift the train off of the man. It took about 30 minutes for the crew to rescue him. The man is currently in the hospital with serious but not  life-threatening injuries. A witness said the man, described to be in his early 20s, lost his footing and slipped, then yelled for help. All TRAX trains shut down after the accident, but were running again as of 10:00 am.  The accident may or may not have been weather related. Weather reporters and news sources are issuing warnings about this weather. By 8:30 Monday morning, UDOT said snowplows had been on the roads for 18 straight hours. Still, ice may persist, and the commute was challenging for many. Cottonwood Heights police tweeted, “Please don’t travel in the city unless absolutely necessary. Numerous accidents and slide-offs have been reported all week because of the slushy, icy, and snowy conditions. There were also flights delayed due to inclement weather at the Salt Lake International Airport. From all of us at Christensen & Hymas, please keep yourself alert, and safe while driving in these difficult road...
Car Crash with TRAX in Murray

Car Crash with TRAX in Murray

In Murray, Wednesday, Jan 9th, a man was injured attempting to bypass railroad crossing arms. The 83-year-old was transported to an area hospital, and his injuries were not life-threatening. Neither was anyone on the train injured. UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter said that UTA will be re-evaluating its safety measurements in the area. Not far from this recent crash site, last August, Lorna Boguslawski, a 72-year-old woman from Jerome, Idaho, was killed attempting to cross the same way when she was hit by a southbound train. Carpenter said, “People seem to be missing the traffic signals, the gate arms and the flashing lights… We’ll be taking a close look at this intersection and crossing.” Intersection accidents occur everyday, everywhere. Even with traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian traffic signals, intersection accidents are seemingly rampant. Some common causes for these intersection accidents are: Angry or reckless driving–aggressive drivers can cause accidents especially in intersections directly or indirectly; whether they directly ignore right of way patterns, or are distracting to other drivers. Bad weather/road conditions–ice, sleet, poorly marked crosswalks, and fog all have been linked to intersection accidents. You can protect yourself by researching weather conditions and construction in the area before you drive. Drivers under the influence of alcohol or narcotics–you can’t control other drivers, but you can time your driving for safety. For example, limit driving on late Friday and Saturday nights, or holidays like the 4th of July where there might be a lot of drinking. Distraction and fatigue–make sure you are aware of your own level of fatigue, and certainly aware of your cell phone use and attention....