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FrontRunner train collides with car; one dead

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-02 14:10:04-04

ROY — One person was killed Friday morning when a UTA FrontRunner train collided with a Chevy Impala in Roy.

The crash happened around 9:20 at 2700 W 4800 S.

Sgt. Curtis Gibson, Roy City Police Department, said the driver, 88-year-old Everett Browning of Roy, bypassed a crossing arm and the Impala came to a stop on the tracks. There isn’t a crossing arm on the other side.

“The vehicle was able to clear the arm but stopped in the crossing, where a northbound FrontRunner train impacted the vehicle inside the crossing," Gibson said.

The train came around a bend, and its operator tried to apply the emergency brake, but the train was unable to stop in time. Browning was the only occupant in the car, and investigators said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is somewhat of a blind curb; these trains are traveling at a high speed,” Gibson said. “It’s almost impossible for the operator to be able to recognize the problem, get the train stopped in time to avoid the accident.”

Investigators are still working to determine why the driver stopped on the tracks. Investigators said there is a handicap symbol on the car’s license plate, and they are working to determine whether a medical condition might have been a factor in the accident.