UTA prompts public to be cautious after Utah teen is struck by a train

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) — An 18-year-old man is in a medically-induced coma after colliding with a FrontRunner train while he was riding a bike.

It happened near 800 South 600 West in Salt Lake City Thursday.

Carl Arky with the Utah Transit Authority says it’s possible the young man didn’t see the train.

“He’s too close to the tracks, and he’s close to a Union Pacific train, which obscures his view of another train on the other tracks on the other side,” said Carl Arky with the UTA. “So he moves right into the path of a train he didn’t see coming.”

Arky says the biggest lesson to be learned is to watch the blinking red lights.

“If they’re still flashing, stay where you are because another train may be crossing that you don’t see,” said Arky. “People will miscalculate the speed of these trains and also miscalculate the distance it takes for a train to stop. Don’t plan on that train to stop.”

To help save lives, the UTA is handing out magnetic warning signs you can put on your car. This serves as a reminder to not drive over the railroad tracks until you wait for the flashing red lights to go off – even if the arm is up.

“We have close calls every single day,” said Arky.

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