MIDVALE A man was killed Monday after walking in front of a TRAX train in what investigators believe was a suicide.
About 11:45 a.m., a man in his early 30s who was hiding behind a pole in the median between the north and southbound tracks, stepped out from behind the pole and into the path of an oncoming northbound train, said Midvale police Sgt. John Salazar. The man died en route to the hospital.
The man was hit at 8130 S. 115 East between the Historic Sandy and Midvale Center stations. He was thrown 30 to 40 feet. The man was not carrying any identity. He was, however, carrying a piece of paper with some phone numbers on it which detectives were using Monday afternoon to figure out his identity, Salazar said.
Between 20 to 30 people were on the train when the man was hit, said UTA spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware. Buses were used to take them to the next TRAX station. The area between the two stations where the man was hit was closed for a little more than an hour. A "bus bridge" was set up in the interim, getting passengers around the closed section of light rail, Ware said.
TRAX service resumed about 1 p.m.
The train operator was "very shaken," she said. As per standard procedure for any accident, the TRAX operator will be given a drug and alcohol test, be placed on paid administrative leave and go through counseling before he is allowed to return to work.