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A driver, speeding away from the scene of a hit-and-run crash just moments before, died when he slammed into a light rail train late Monday morning.
Salt Lake City police Sgt. Robin Heiden said the westbound driver crashed through lowered traffic barrier arms and ran head-on into the Utah Transit Authority's Green Line TRAX train at North Temple and 600 West about 11:25 a.m.
The driver, 51-year-old Jose Delrio Cabral, of Ogden, died at the scene. The train's operator and eight passengers went to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while nine others were treated at the scene and released.
The derailed train and wreckage blocked the TRAX route to Salt Lake City International Airport. UTA operated a "bus bridge" to move the line's passengers around the crash site into early Tuesday morning. About 5 a.m. Tuesday, UTA announced that its North Temple Bridge Guadalupe Station had reopened, with Green Line travel back on regular schedules.
Heiden confirmed police also were investigating a collision that occurred minutes before at 200 West and North Temple, just four blocks away, in which the victim's sedan collided with a truck and failed to stop.
No injuries were reported in that earlier accident.
Reporter Michael McFall contributed to this story