SOUTH SALT LAKE — A man who apparently walked in front of a moving TRAX train, was hit, dragged about 20 feet and then pinned under the train was conscious, breathing and alert when he was taken to a local hospital this morning.
"I'd say it's a miracle," said South Salt Lake police Sgt. Gary Keller.
The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released this morning, was reported in fair condition after he ended up completely underneath the train, between the two rails.
The accident happened just after 8 a.m. at the Meadowbrook TRAX station near 3900 South and West Temple.
Investigators were still trying to piece together this morning what happened. They believe the man was crossing the tracks from the platform waiting area to the parking lot when he stepped in front of a northbound train that had just left the station. It appears the man simply wasn't paying attention, Keller said. The train wasn't going very fast, he added.
The man became pinned underneath the train about 20 feet from where he was walking. But with relatively minimal effort, firefighters were able to get him out.
Keller said the man would be checked for possible internal injuries at a local hospital, but from the outside he looked relatively unscathed.
UTA spokeswoman Carrie Bohnsack-Ware said the train operator, the only witness to the accident, was "pretty shaken up." The train operator was placed on standard paid leave pending an investigation into the incident.
The TRAX schedule was delayed only a minute or two while rescuers got the man out and investigators collected evidence, she said.