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Roy man killed when FrontRunner train hits car

Published: Friday, Aug. 2 2013 6:00 p.m. MDT

Law enforcement officers and Utah Transit Authority officials investigate the scene where a FrontRunner train hit a car at the 4800 South crossing in Roy on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. The driver of the car was killed.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

ROY — An 88-year-old Roy man was killed Friday after his car was hit by a FrontRunner train.

The collision took place near 4800 South and 2700 West around 9 a.m. when the driver entered the crossing headed west and stopped on the tracks after the crossing arm lowered behind him, Roy Police Sgt. Curtis Gibson said.

"A FrontRunner train that was northbound struck the vehicle in the crossing," Gibson said. "The driver, unfortunately, was killed in the crash."

It is unclear whether confusion or some kind of medical condition kept the man from driving off the tracks.

The train was apparently decelerating at the time of impact, but still carried the car 100 feet, Gibson said. He identified the victim as Everett Browning. He was the the only occupant of the vehicle.

Gibson said he had yet to speak with the train's operator, but reported that witnesses at the scene saw the car stopped on the crossing before impact.

"They're not sure why he was on the crossing," Gibson said. "That's what we're trying to investigate at this time."

He advised motorists to be aware and avoid similar situations.

"If you do find yourself stuck in the crossing with the arms down, those arms are designed to break away," Gibson said. "You can actually drive through them if you need to. That's a safety feature that's been engineered into those arms."

He said, if needed, motorists can also abandon their vehicles.

According to the Utah Transit Authority, a bus was ferrying passengers from Roy to the station on State Street in Clearfield.

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