SALT LAKE CITY — A 2-year-old boy received only minor bumps and bruises after falling into the path of an oncoming TRAX train Monday.
Just after 9 a.m., a mother and her young son were waiting for the train at the TRAX station near 255 S. Main when the boy fell off the platform as the train was approaching.
"He was playing. … He stumbled, fell off the curb," said Salt Lake Police Lt. Cal Kunz.
An older model TRAX train was approaching at about 10 mph.
"There's a little pocket between the curb and rail," Kunz said. "There was a pocket there. He was underneath."
The newer model trains do not have that gap.
The boy was bumped by the fiberglass on the front of the TRAX train, but was not run over by the wheels. He suffered bumps and bruises but was not trapped. The boy was already back on the platform and in the arms of his mother, who was sobbing, by the time emergency officials arrived.
The train conductor was also visibly upset by the incident. She was seen being consoled by other UTA workers as she was led away from the accident scene.
— Pat Reavy