Roy police looking for child they say laid in front of oncoming train and survived

File photo of train from April 20, 2018. (Photo: KUTV FILE)

(KUTV) — Police in Roy City are looking for a child who they believe laid in front of an oncoming Union Pacific train on Wednesday and survived.

The train's conductor and engineer told police they think the child was small enough the train could have "cleared him," said Sgt. Matthew Gwynn with Roy PD.

The train was going 20 to 25 miles per hour when the conductor and engineer say they saw the child, just before 5:30 p.m. They weren't able to stop the train for another quarter mile.

When police and medical personnel arrived on scene, the child was nowhere to be found.

"We found no evidence the kid was there," Gwynn said.

Based on the description the conductor and engineer gave, police believe the child could be between 7 and 8 years old.

Union Pacific is investigating the incident, and it's possible Roy police will be able to view surveillance tapes to see what really happened.

Gwynn said police are taking the incident seriously, because if the child was able to pull this off once, he might try to do it again.

"We're concerned it was a stunt and if he does it again, he may not be so lucky next time," Gwynn said.

In the meantime, the Union Pacific train is stopped and blocking a railroad crossing at the intersection of 4500 South and about 2675 West in Roy.

Police asked the public to avoid driving in the area while the train remains stopped. He could not provide an estimate of when the train may be moved.

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