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TRAX train crashes into detached train car in Midvale

Published November 6, 2013 9:00 am

Transportation • Driver, 2 passengers suffer minor injuries.
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Three people were hurt Tuesday night when a TRAX train hit another train car stranded on the tracks in Midvale.

The rear car of a northbound Blue Line train decoupled and was left stranded on the line near 8100 S. State Street, said Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron. The next train on the line did not have enough time to stop before crashing into the lone car about 8:45 p.m.

Three people, including the driver of the moving train, were being treated for minor injuries, Barron said. The driver was treated and released at the scene, while the two passengers were taken to a local hospital.

UTA intends to investigate why the car decoupled from the first train, which to Barron's knowledge has never happened on the company's system before. The driver of the first train may not have noticed the loss of the last car, Barron said.

Trains in that area are about 15 minutes apart and generally travel about 40 mph to 45 mph.

Other trains on the line were getting by on the opposite tracks, slowly and one at a time, Barron said.


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