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Police identify man killed while trying to roll under Union Pacific train in Salt Lake City

Posted at 4:23 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 08:54:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who died while rolling underneath a Union Pacific train has been identified by police.

According to Det. Wilkings with the Salt Lake City Police Department, 22-year-old Jeremy Thomas was found near 800 South and 600 West on August 25 after he tried to cross the railroad tracks by going underneath a parked train.

“It looks like he kind of squatted down and tried to roll underneath it like in the movies or something,” Lt. Russ Amott said in August. “The train caught him, pulled him under the tracks and he was killed.”

Thomas did not have identification on his person when he died. Wilkings confirmed that investigators believe he may have been a transient.

Police said at the time the man was found they are not investigating the incident as a suicide.