'Pay attention,' UTA police warn riders after ‘distracted’ man hit by TRAX train

    “Pay attention”, UTA police warn riders after ‘distracted’ man hit by TRAX (Photo: Jeremy Harris, KUTV)

    (KUTV) – Utah Transit Authority Police are reminding riders to pay attention near trains after a man was hit on a platform during the Monday evening commute.

    The male victim was reported to be in critical condition after he stepped in front a TRAX train approaching the Ballpark station near 200 West 1300 South just after 5 p.m.

    A witness to the crash told 2News the victim was thrown to the ground in the collision and was spitting up blood as first responders rushed to his aid.

    "He had earbuds in his ears and was looking back from the train that was approaching him,” UTA Police Lt. Paul Nielson said.

    UTA police say there were trains leaving and approaching the station at the time of the crash. Nielson said the man may have heard a train horn blaring when he looked north and was hit by a train coming in from the south.

    “They can't stop on a dime, they can't swerve out of the way, so you need to be proactive and make sure you're safe around the trains," Nielson said.

    Last fall, a man was killed at a Murray TRAX station when he was hit by an approaching train. Witnesses, in that case, reported the 26-year-old victim was also wearing earphones.

    UTA has a campaign to teach riders to remove distractions at train platforms and crossing.

    "Pay attention, music and earbuds can wait a minute,” Nielson said.

    The latest update from police indicated the man was still in critical condition.

    LINK: close calls with Oregon’s Trimet Trains.

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