UTA Releases Video Of School Buses Making Questionable Moves At Rail Crossing

Dec 19, 2019, 6:42 PM | Updated: 8:30 pm

WOODS CROSS, Utah – Utah Transit Authority officials released new video showing two school buses that may have broken the law at a Davis County rail crossing moments before a FrontRunner train sped through the intersection.

Officials released the video Thursday after KSL viewer Blake Walker shared a video of one Davis County School District school bus stopped with a railroad crossing arm resting on the roof Wednesday afternoon.

Walker shot the video as he pulled up to the crossing at 1100 North and 1100 West in Woods Cross said he and could not believe what he was seeing.

The video showed a Davis County school bus with a railroad crossing arms resting on the roof and
 Walker said he feared the bus would be hit by the approaching train, which raced by at 79 mph without doing any harm.

“I saw two school buses go through,” said Martin Cocker, who oversees FrontRunner safety for UTA.

Cocker reviewed the video at the time of the incident.

UTA’s video showed another Davis County School District bus rolling across the tracks without slowing down.

“It went through at about 20 mph, without stopping,” he said.

According to state law, school buses must stop at the white line and open their door to look and listen for trains.

“(They) need to stop behind the white line which is 15 feet from the tracks,” said Sue Wagner, who trains bus drivers in the Davis County School District.

The second bus, the one seen in Walker’s video, followed closely behind the first bus. It slowly rolled past the white stopping line and stopped when the lights and bells came on and the arm came down on the top of the bus.

“Did not stop,” Cocker said. “Rolled at about two mph up to the point where the warning arm came down on top of it and then stopped.”

Wagner said she has not seen UTA’s video but talked with the bus driver seen in Walker’s video and said she met with all district bus drivers last month to discuss these specific issues at their biannual safety meetings.

“Railroad crossings and loading and unloading are the dangerous things we do,” Wagner said. “They better take them very seriously.”

Sue Wagner trains Davis County School District bus drivers.

Once she sees the video from UTA, she will assess what the driver did. The driver told her he pulled forward so he could see better and the crossing arm came down on the bus.

When KSL took a closer look at the intersection, the line of sight seemed adequate driving in that direction. But heading the other way, the bus driver can only see about 10 or 15 yards down the tracks without creeping up to get a closer look, so it isn’t always easy to check for trains.

“There are several like this,” Wagner said.

But bus drivers must always stop and open the door, which did not happen when those two buses crossed the tracks Wednesday.

“Trains can’t stop, and that’s the real key to all safety around the rails,” Cocker said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

The owners of WaterCreek Nails and Spa said a break-in resulted in thousands of dollars worth of da...

Shelby Lofton

Downtown nail spa broken into, hate speech spray-painted on the wall

The owners of WaterCreek Nails and Spa said a break-in resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage, but the hate speech left behind made the situation worse.

26 minutes ago

A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Deseret Ne...

Mark Jones

UHP trooper injured in collision with alleged DUI driver

The Utah Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old man was taken into custody early Saturday morning after he was allegedly driving more than 100 mph and attempted to elude authorities.

3 hours ago

City officials in Eagle Mountain say a family of nine has been displaced following a house fire Sun...

Mark Jones

Eagle Mountain family safely escapes house fire, crews prevent home from being total loss

City officials in Eagle Mountain say a family of nine has been displaced following a house fire Sunday afternoon.

5 hours ago

Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Jeffrey R. Holland (center) records a histor...

Tad Walch, Deseret News

‘I’m planning on eternity’: President Holland rededicates historic St. George Utah Temple

President Jeffrey R. Holland rededicated the St. George Utah Temple, the oldest operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after a major renovation.

6 hours ago

Viktoria Tibbitts, center, with her sister and mom. A fundraiser was held Sunday for Viktoria, who ...

Brianna Chavez

Dozens show up to Riverdale Denny’s to support employee hit by truck

A busy Sunday is meant to be expected, but this Sunday's workday was much more meaningful for employees at the Denny's on Riverdale Road.

7 hours ago

Lloyd D. Newell, the announcer and writer of the weekly Music & the Spoken Word broadcast for the p...

Devin Oldroyd

Lloyd Newell announces departure from ‘Music & the Spoken Word’

After 34 years, Lloyd Newell, host of the Tabernacle Choir’s “Music & the Spoken Word”, announced he is concluding his service next year.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

UTA Releases Video Of School Buses Making Questionable Moves At Rail Crossing