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Man killed after crossing in front of FrontRunner train in Orem

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 23:50:34-05

OREM, Utah -- Transit authorities say it appears a man who died after stepping in front of a FrontRunner train was not paying attention to his surroundings.

Carl Arky, a spokesman for the Utah Transit Authority, said the incident occurred Wednesday around 8:30 a.m. at Orem Station, near 1350 West and 900 South.

Arky said the man was at the south end of the platform at the Orem Station and was crossing in a designated area but was not looking and did not see the train coming.

The train was decelerating as it approached the station from the south when the crash occurred, and UTA states all safety apparatus/warning signals/bells were working at the time.

The identity of the deceased has not been released.

"UTA expresses its condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman who lost his life in Orem this morning, the agency wrote in a press release. "With a New Year beginning UTA wants to remind everyone, motorists and pedestrians, to exercise extreme caution whenever they are near railroad tracks. A train could be approaching at any time."

The incident caused a delay of about 30 minutes on northbound service.