OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) — Officials with Utah Transit Authorities say a man was hit and killed by a FrontRunner train Thursday morning at the Orem Station.
Just before 5 a.m., two men were seen walking from the parking lot over the tracks to the Orem Station FrontRunner platform.
“One of the gentlemen appeared to see the train coming and he darted across the tracks. The other gentlemen never acknowledged the train, didn’t see it coming and was struck and killed,” says UTA Spokesmen Carl Arky.
The crash caused 30-minute delays for travelers in Utah County trying to get to Salt Lake City.
Investigators say the train was running 15 to 20 mph at the time of impact.
“It appears to be just an unfortunate sad tragic case of a distracted pedestrian,” Arky says.
The preliminary investigation shows the man with electronic devices but investigators say it’s not clear if he was using them at the time of the crash.
UTA says one of the biggest distractions they see with their riders while crossing the tracks on platforms is listening to something.
“Take the earbuds out, make sure you are paying attention,” Arky says. “We really rely on our passengers and the people who are going to be using the train to keep their senses about them. Keep their eyes open, keep their ears open, take the headphones off, take the earbuds out, and get off the phone.”
The weather is getting nicer and more people are Riding UTA. Officials say these things can be avoided if people know their surroundings and follow the guidelines in place.