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TRAX test train damaged in crash

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A test train on the new University Medical Center TRAX line was damaged Tuesday in a collision with an automobile.

Transportation officials say the accident, which happened about 10:45 a.m. near 1500 E. South Campus Drive, should serve as a warning to drivers and pedestrians that the new line will have trains running throughout the day.

"We really stress that people pay attention to the signals and be very alert when the trains are on the line," Utah Transit Authority spokeswoman Marti Money said.

The train and car were traveling west on South Campus Drive. The crash occurred when the car tried to turn left in front of the train, Money said.

Emergency crews responded to the scene but did not transport the female driver of the car to the hospital, Salt Lake City Fire spokesman Dennis McKone said. A trainer and operator aboard the TRAX train were uninjured, Money said.

"The train is scuffed up, and the woman's car was drivable," she added.

Test trains started traveling the line from Rice-Eccles Stadium to Primary Children's Medical Center and University Hospital on Saturday. Those tests will continue until the line officially opens Sept. 29.