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Truck stopped partway on tracks hit by FrontRunner train

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Wed, Feb. 12 6:35 p.m. MST

 Officials investigate at the scene of an accident as a person is transported to an ambulance after a FrontRunner train and a truck collided near Beck Street in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

Officials investigate at the scene of an accident as a person is transported to an ambulance after a FrontRunner train and a truck collided near Beck Street in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

(Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A FrontRunner train struck a semitrailer Wednesday when the truck's driver stopped while still partially on the tracks.

The driver of the truck had crossed the tracks at 1800 North shortly before 5:20 p.m. and then stopped with the end of the truck still on the tracks in the path of a northbound FrontRunner train, Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron said.

The truck driver told investigators he had stopped to look at a GPS device, Barron said. He was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

Debris from the crash covered the tracks, stopping trains in both directions, and a bus bridge was put in place between the North Temple and Woods Cross FrontRunner stations until 9 p.m.

Once service was restored, trains were required to pass through the area at reduced speeds, Barron said.

Investigators are continuing to look at the situation, and there was no word on whether charges would be filed in the crash, Barron said.

— McKenzie Romero

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1. Gkwahlberg
Taylorsville, UT,
Feb. 12, 2014

The truck is not a semi trailer, it is a flatbed truck with a container on it.

2. Esquire
Springville, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

You stop on the tracks to look at your GPS? Doesn't seem too smart to me.

3. FREDISDEAD
Layton, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

Why would someone stop on train tracks? Should get some type of punishment.

4. DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

I wondered if this driver saw on his GPS that his tail end of his trailer was sitting right over the track (NOT)? Sorry, this driver is done with his job and should be cited. Many people are becoming so addicted to their hand held Electronics.

5. county mom
Monroe, UT,
Feb. 13, 2014

Please Desert News, learn facts before you make big headlines perpetuating the notion that people should fear semis and professional drivers are not professional.

This is not a semi truck, no tractor and no trailer, it is a delivery and pickup truck for a global relief organization. The driver doesn't even need a class A CDL.