Suspected DUI driver hits TRAX train, bus in downtown Salt Lake City

A TRAX train like this one was hit by a driver suspected to be under the influence Monday afternoon. Photo Courtesy: UTA

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A driver who officials say was likely under the influence hit both a TRAX train and a bus Monday afternoon in downtown Salt Lake City.

Utah Transit Authority spokesman Carl Arky told Gephardt Daily the incident occurred at approximately 1:25 p.m. in the area of 600 W. 200 South.

“A vehicle hopped the curb and struck the last car in our TRAX train consist (lineup),” Arky said.¬† “The impact then pushed the vehicle into the rear of a UTA bus. The vehicle was partially on the alignment when this happened with the wheels on the driver’s side of the vehicle on the tracks, the wheels on the passenger side of the vehicle were on the road. The passenger side of the vehicle struck the back of the bus.”

No passengers were on the bus and no one on the TRAX train was injured.

The driver of the vehicle was also not injured, but is suspected of driving under the influence and will be charged, Arky said.

As of 3 p.m., TRAX is proceeding normally and all trains have resumed their regular schedules, with possible residual delays.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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