UTA: Man hit by FrontRunner was ‘trespassing’ at time of South Salt Lake incident

One man is dead after he was struck by a TRAX train on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a man who died after being hit by a FrontRunner train in South Salt Lake Thursday afternoon.

Utah Transit Authority spokesman Carl Arky told Gephardt Daily the man was trespassing on UTA property at approximately 2:30 p.m. and walked in front of a train in the area of 3700 South and 300 West.

The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Calvin Curley, of Arizona. Curley was visiting Salt Lake City for work, Arky said in a news release.

Arky said it’s likely the train was traveling at 50 to 60 mph before Curley was hit.

“UTA truly regrets this tragic loss of life and hopes the media will help get the message out that if safety rules are observed we can avoid further loss of life and injuries,” the UTA statement said. “When motorists or pedestrians/trespassers place themselves in harm’s way, it usually leads to dire consequences.

“UTA asks everyone to take responsibility, be aware of warning signals and to please stay off the tracks except when crossing in designated and approved areas.”

It’s not clear at this time how many people were on the train when the incident took place; those people were transported by bus to another station.

UTA tweeted at 3:15 p.m. that a TRAX bridge is in effect from Salt Lake Central to Murray, and delays were expected.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as information is made available.


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