HELPER — A 56-year-old Logan man died Saturday afternoon after being struck by a train in Spanish Fork Canyon.
Stanley Lawrence "Larry" Litizzette was killed just before 2 p.m. after he was he hit by the train and thrown 20 feet into the river below, Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said. The incident was reported to officials in Utah County by the Union Pacific Railroad Dispatch.
Litizzette's son was with him at the time and reported that Litizzette was walking on a railroad bridge that crossed over the Price river about 15 miles from Helper when he was hit. The train apparently tried to stop, but was unsuccessful, Cannon said.Comment on this story
The son pulled his father from the river, but Litizzette was apparently deceased. Cannon said the Utah Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of Litizzette's death as it is unclear whether it was the train impact, the fall or drowning.
The two men were duck hunting in the area and both had guns, but it did not appear those guns were involved at all in the death.
Cannon said there was no indication that Litizzette may have been suicidal.
The incident remains under investigation.