A bicyclist fell off of a TRAX platform Monday and was killed by a train.
A TRAX train was heading westbound from the platform at 1740 W. Research Way.
It doesn’t seem to be clear yet what caused the man to fall but West Valley Police Sgt Mike Powell did advice citizens to, “Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions—wearing headphones with loud music, talking on the phone, texting. Be aware of what’s going on.”
The bicyclist’s death is the fifth fatality involving a TRAX this year.
Rideutah.com published some safety tips for living and existing near TRAX lines, they suggest the following:
• Be aware trains do not follow set schedules. Any Time is Train Time!
• The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
• Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.” Any approaching train is always closer, moving faster, than you think.
• Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train; never mix rails and recreation.
You may not think that waiting for a train would be a dangerous time, but there is always danger present when you are around high-speed transportation. Following the above recommendations could significantly decrease this danger. No matter how safe you are, ometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call the Utah personal injury attorneysat the Christensen Law Firm. They can help you to navigate through the confusing legal process. Call today at 801-506-0800 to find out what options are available to you.