Man in serious condition after TRAX-pedestrian accident

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 22 2011 1:04 p.m. MST

TRAX officials inspect the site next to the Murray North TRAX station at 4400 South and 70 West where a man wearing headphones was hit a a TRAX train Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Murray.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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MURRAY — A 48-year-old man was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by a TRAX train.

The man was struck near the Murray North station at Fireclay Avenue (4400 South) and 70 West around noon, Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter said.

Murray police officer Kenny Bass said the arms were down and lights were flashing when the man was hit by a southbound train.

"Somehow, he would have had to go around them," Bass said of the traffic arms. "He had headphones on and was watching the northbound train. (The northbound train) left and as he stepped out, the southbound train was there."

Police said the man wasn't hit head-on, but did sustain critical injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center.

The incident was cleared and trains were running in both directions around 12:30 p.m.

"We never did shut down altogether," Carpenter said. "We were able to run trains on the east track and they released the trains fairly quickly. Most people, especially since it was the middle of the day, won't experience any effect from this incident."

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