OREM (ABC4 News)- A man died after witnesses said he wasn’t looking when he stepped in front of a FrontRunner train Wednesday morning in Orem.
It happened at the UTA FrontRunner Station located at 1350 West 900 South.
“He crossed at the worst possible moment,” said Carl Arky, spokesperson for Utah Transit Authority.
Arky said the train was approaching the stop when the man, who was in a designated pedestrian crossing on the south end of the station, stepped out in front of the train.
“For some reason, he was looking at his hand. And we assume that there was a mobile phone, or something was in his hand that was distracting him — and he just kept walking,” said Arky.
“Looking at his hand, never looked up, never looked to his right – never looked to his left. And, unfortunately, the train was coming and he never saw it,” added Arky.
The conductor said he tried to use his horn to alert the pedestrian but was unable to stop before the man was hit. Witnesses told police the crossing arms were down and he failed to look up as he was crossing.
Arky said this is yet another reminder to please be aware of your surroundings, pay attention and look up when near tracks of any kind.
“UTA expresses its condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman who lost his life in Orem this morning, said Arky. “With a New Year beginning UTA wants to remind everyone, motorists and pedestrians, to exercise extreme caution whenever they are near railroad tracks. A train could be approaching at any time.”
The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of family.
FR Update 8:45 am: Expect delays of about 10-30 minutes NB from Orem – Ogden and delays of about 15-25 minutes SB from SL Central – Provo.— UTA (@RideUTA) January 2, 2019