South Salt Lake Police identify man hit, killed by TRAX train

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-22 18:44:45-05

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – A man who was seriously injured Saturday after being hit by a TRAX train has died due to his injuries.

A UTA Spokesman confirmed Saturday afternoon the man injured in the collision has died, and Sunday South Salt Lake PD identified the deceased as 38-year-old Matthew Jay Evans of West Valley City.

Police stated Sunday the incident remains under investigation, but no further updates were available.

The man was at the Meadowbrook Station, 188 West 3900 South, when the fatal incident occurred.

“He was basically exiting the platform at the crosswalk and walked in front of the train,” said Capt. Jason Petersen of the UTA Police. “…The train was entering the station, and he basically walked in front of it, we don’t know if it was an accident–we’re still investigating that.”

Winter weather may have reduced visibility at the time of the crash.

“With visibility like this we recommend being observant to your surroundings,” Petersen said. “I mean trains can come from any directions, so when you’re on the platform or around the train station you want to be safe and pay attention to your surroundings.”

The victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition, where he later died.