SANDY, Utah (ABC4) – A bicyclist has been killed after being struck by a TRAX train on Monday morning in Sandy.
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) says the victim is a minor, but their age and identity have not been released at this time.
UTA says the incident happened on the TRAX Blue Line around 7:30 a.m. at a crossing located near 8751 South.
At the time, officials say everything was operating as planned when the fatal crash happened. At the time, a northbound train crossed an intersection as scheduled.
UTA says the teen lifted a gate arm while it was down so they could cross the tracks. While doing so, they did not see an oncoming southbound train and was struck and killed by the impact.
Officials from Jordan High School sent a message to students’ families, confirming the victim was a student at the school.
“With great sadness, I’m writing to inform our school community that a Jordan High student has died from injuries sustained in a Monday morning accident on the TRAX line near our campus,” says Bruce Eschler, Principal of Jordan High School.
A bus bridge has been placed between the Midvale Center and Historic Sandy Station for all travelers at this time.
Riders using TRAX this morning should expect delays of 10-15 minutes from Midvale Center to Salt Lake Central Stations and up to 30 minutes for the southbound direction from Historic Sandy to Draper Stations.
“The death of a peer can be difficult for teenagers to process, and our school has a plan in place to provide students with the appropriate supports,” says Eschler. “Starting immediately, Jordan High counselors, assisted by Canyons District student-services staff members, will be available to meet with students who may be experiencing difficult emotions. Students can seek the help by going to the Counseling Center.”
School officials say students and families will have 24-hour access to licensed counselors at the University of Utah’s Neuropsychiatric Institute via the mobile app, SafeUT.
Affected students and parents can also access free services at the Canyons Family Center located at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane. They can also call the center at (801) 826-8190.
ABC4 will update this story as more information becomes available.