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 conditions.