LAYTON No one was injured when a FrontRunner train clipped the back of a minivan that had stopped on the tracks Wednesday afternoon.
A woman driving the minivan on Gordon Avenue, between the Clearfield and Layton stations, drove onto the tracks when the warning lights were flashing but before the gate arms came down, said Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware.
"She panicked," Bohnsack-Ware said. "She tried to do a three-point U-turn to get off the tracks and the back of her minivan was clipped by the train."
The train tops out at about 80 mph but had slowed slightly as it approached the station, she said. Two other people were in the minivan, but no one was injured.
"She was unbelievably lucky," Bohnsack-Ware said. "It was amazing that it didn't turn out worse than it did."
The driver of the minivan was taken to the hospital as a precaution because she was pregnant. The woman was also cited by police.
FrontRunner service was stopped for about an hour. Bohnsack-Ware said UTA officials responded to all the stations along the lines to alert passengers and a bus service was provided to minimize delays.