PRICE — A 27-year old man died Sunday after being hit by a freight train in Carbon County.
Authorities said the man, who was described as having special needs with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old, was fishing on the Price River with his caretakers about when he apparently decided to walk back to their truck.
About 6:25 p.m., the man walked along nearby railroad tracks where rail crews were assisting locomotives across a bridge. Union Pacific rail operators spotted the man on the tracks and immediately tried to stop a three-engine train from hitting him, but the engines were unable to avoid the man.
The victim’s caretakers said the man, whose name has not been released, had a fascination with trains, though investigators could not confirm if that curiosity played a role in the incident.