Utah County community mourns loss of teenagers hit by train

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  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 18, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I was thinking it may be a rare event for trains to pass each other at Covered Bridge Drive. Google Maps shows the tracks split about two miles down at the canyon mouth, with one heading into Spanish along the 6, and the other staying along 89 for a little ways toward Mapleton. They appear to be separate tracks all the way into the Thistle tunnels and up toward Soldier Summit.

    Nevertheless, a sad combination of events leading to the tragedy.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Igualmente: not a rare event at all. It happens all the time. Are you people even aware of where this took place? I think not.

  • Calif PETALUMA, CA
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    The pictures really bring home how terrible this is. Unbelievable this happened.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Uh, no. Trains try to stick to a schedule. But you can never know for certain when they will pass any spot. Mechanical issues, loading and unloading delays... Each track laying next to another is designed to carry a train even if the other tracks are in use. So not all that remarkable trains passing one another.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    @igualmente: Trains are timed quite precisely. Those two trains probably cross at that same spot every day. Typically areas with parallel tracks are designed *specifically* so trains going in opposite directions can cross at a point then move back to a single track later.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 17, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    It must have been an extremely rare event for two trains to cross that intersection at the same time... What an unimaginable tragedy.

  • emp1 Provo, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    My heart goes out to the families. Sadly, fall is the time for family pictures and often you see entire families posing on the tracks.
    Does people know that not only they are putting lives in danger but they are actually violating the law? The tracks are private property owned by the Railroad Company and people are trespassing everytime they decide to play on them.
    Regardless, this is still a very sad and painful situation. Many prayers to the girl that survived and wish for a speedy recovery.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    DeltaFoxTrot...Let's be very careful coming to conclusions based upon rumors and innuendo. The fact is the mother specifically told her daughter NOT to go near the rail tracks.

    Kids do things that kids do. We all did as kids. Sometimes it catches up to us.

    These were good girls. Faithful families. Kids, however, remain kids and short of duct-taping them to the house and wrapping them in bubblewrap, they will do short sighted things. Gratefully, they rarely suffer the ultimate consequence as these girls did.

    Our prayers are certainly with Savannah this day as she struggles for her life.

  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    I offer my condolences to the family and friends.

    I will just say that K, Real and the others are hitting it pretty much on the head.

  • megen Truth or Consequences, NM
    Oct. 17, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    MAy God grant comfort and peace to the families and friends. Such a great loss and sorrow....

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Oct. 17, 2011 11:02 a.m.

    He was 86. He may have been confused. They are looking at footage of the incident. The gates were down, lights flashing..

    Some also commit suicide by train. These girls I am sure were just not aware of the train paying attention to each other and their pictures. And on a bridge there is no where to go. Perhaps they didn't think it was a functioning track? But still, you assume they all function. No reason to stand on them, plenty of room to walk off the tracks. Unfortunately some mistakes can't be undone.

    In IL if you disobey a crossing in a car or on foot you get fined $250 the first time and may have 25 hours community service added. The second offense it's $500 and you lose license for 6 months. At some commuter stops for certain hours of the day I have seen police present. Some have had to tell pedestrians to stop from crossing after gate is down, lights flashing and train in sight. It's really sad.

    With the Trax system in place I do think assemblies on safety make sense.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Aren't kids told anymore? DON'T PLAY ON THE TRACKS.

    I agree with Let's be real... enough people have been killed by trains this year, the public needs to be reminded that they are dangerous. The only thing that belongs on train tracks is the train.

  • Ms Molli Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    Unfortunately, no matter how much training is provided to teens about safety, you will always have a few every year in a community who choose to participate in very risky behavior. Some just don't think no matter how much they have been taught otherwise. It is sad, but it seems be part of growing up for some of them.

  • Let's be real Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Perhaps "K" above has something useful... that a person from the train companies whether it be Union Pacific or Trax should start by going to schools, ALL of them. Starting at the elementary and ending at the High School. Many of us older people, by the looks of it, can use a refresher about train tracks. You do not need to hear them until they are right on you and you have been hit and/or killed. Perhaps those train people should also run major ads to remind and educate about track safety. I think that DN and Tribune and all the other papers and periodicals/magazines etc. should shoulder some of the burden by not charging full price but doing it on a community service basis. We need to get the word out. Apparently, within the last few hours, another person was killed by a Trax train. Some people fail to use their heads for thinking. Some are unaware of the dangers and others need to be reminded. So that we can be useful, let's teach our kids, neighbors, friends, coworkers etc. about being safe around trains. We need to minimize losses and accidents.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    agree with K @ 9:16 am. The girl who was posting to her facebook page just before getting killed must have been looking down instead of looking up and being aware of her surroundings. A tragedy that could so easily have been avoided. Sad.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Oct. 17, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    What to do?

    Stop posing for family pictures on tracks. Sends a wrong message. The only time you step on a train track is to cross at an appropriate point and after looking that it is safe and walking with haste to get off them again. Do not walk along on train tracks period. We have had kids die from this cause they were wearing headphones listening to music and just couldn't hear the train. They would be alive if they walked on the grass just two feet away from the track.

  • ljeppson Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    The problem is that the public understands so little about rail operations. What to do?

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Oct. 17, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Such a heartache for the girls' parents and families. My sincere sympathies.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Oct. 17, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    Railroad tracks are a dangerous place to be. The girls just didn't realize the danger they were in. Let's all pray that the younger sister has a full recovery.

    Does anyone know who is who in the picture?

  • Robert Gift Denver, Colorado
    Oct. 16, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    So sad and so.rry. Condolences to loved ones and friends.
    Any track, any direction, any time.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    So tragic. My heart goes out to the families.

  • westcoastlife saltlake city, utah
    Oct. 16, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    A full recivery for the one that is in bad shape so far Survived?

    What a sad loss I wish there Families well thru this accident god bless you all

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Brings back memories of my son and a friend having to jump into a river from a train track to avoid being hit. How sad for the families.

  • skylinestar saltlake city, utah
    Oct. 16, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    they just moved here from California
    What a very sad loss The one Survivor
    needs some thoughts to get well of recovery.

    Our condolences to thier Families

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    This is so sad. A witness last night said the girls were dropped off by someone in a pickup truck, who drove away.

    In that area, it would have been better to take them home.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Oct. 16, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    It is sad.

    I see blog after blog showing family picture or pictures of kids on train tracks. Maybe it's cause I am surrounded by so many in Chicago area but you never ever set foot on a train track unless you are crossing at a designated cross. Train engineers would come to school and do safety assemblies for us. They can't stop in time and it is totally devastating to them as well when an accident happens.

  • lsteinbentley South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    What a sad story. My heart goes out to the families of these children. I am so sorry for your loss.