TRAX train derailment leads to collision in West Valley City

Local News

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News) – A Utah Transit Authority TRAX train derailed after a crash in West Valley City Thursday Night.

It happened at 3100 South 2700 West in West Valley City when two trains were passing in the area at the same time. 

UTA said one train was traveling northbound and for some unknown reason its last car derailed and came off the tracks. Then the train car slid across, took out a power pole and collided with a southbound train. 

The northbound train was empty. The southbound had at least 19 people onboard, but no one was injured. 

“We’re counting our blessings there were no injuries. There’s obviously quite a bit of damage. It’s going to take some time, but the review committee will look at this and try to get to the root of why the train derailed in the first place,” said Carl Arky, UTA spokesperson. 

UTA officials said commuters should expect delays of about 10-25 minutes on the Green Line due to the incident. A bus bridge was activated between Redwood Junction and West Valley Central. Arky said to expect bus bridges throughout the day Friday (From Decker Lake south to the West Valley Station). 

The cause of the derailment is under investigation. 

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