Man hit, killed by train while walking on tracks

Posted at 9:59 PM, Jul 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-08 00:01:58-04

PRICE, Utah – A man was killed after being struck by a train in Spanish Fork Canyon Sunday night.

According to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a 27-year-old special needs man from Price was walking on the railroad tracks, and he was hit by a train.

Police responded to the call at about 6:25 p.m. The accident occurred near mile marker 218 on State Route 6 in an area where the Price River runs adjacent to the Union Pacific tracks.

According to the press release, the man was fishing along the river with his caretaker and the caretaker’s grandson. The man is a ward of the state and has lived with a couple who petitioned for custody 10 years ago after the man was removed from his family’s custody.

The man’s caretaker said they were fishing when the victim said he was going back to the truck. As he walked along the tracks, an eastbound train came around the bend. Engineers made every effort to stop the train, but they couldn’t avoid hitting the man.

The train consisted of three engines and had just finished helping a westbound train over Solder Summit. The train was on the way back to Price.

The name of the victim has not been released.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.