Driver, dog critically injured in West Valley car vs. TRAX crash
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man and his dog were critically injured in a crash involving a car and Utah Transit Authority TRAX train.
UTA spokesperson Carl Arky said police believe the 78-year-old driver turned left to cross the tracks and moved his car into the path of the northbound train near 3360 S. 2700 West Tuesday afternoon.
The man was extricated from the vehicle and transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
No injuries were reported among the train’s passengers and Arky reminded drivers to obey all warning and safety signals when they are in the vicinity of railroad tracks or train stations.
Photos from the scene show the vehicle, a blue SUV, straddling a cement barrier that separates the TRAX lines from the road.
TRAX riders should expect delays on the green line between the Fairpark and Airport stations due to the crash.
#TRAX Alert 1:18 PM: Expect a delay of 10-15 minutes on the Green Line northbound from Temple Square to Airport Stations. Due to a train vs vehicle incident, there is a bus bridge is in place between Decker Lake and West Valley Central Stations.
— Utah Transit Authority – UTA (@RideUTA) November 29, 2022
Arky also confirmed the train did not derail, contrary to initial reports.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
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