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FrontRunner hits, kills Provo man on bicycle

PROVO — A Provo man was killed after being hit by both a vehicle and a commuter-rail train Friday morning.

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. at a FrontRunner railroad crossing near 700 West and 600 South.

Detectives believe a woman driving an Escalade hit a man on a bicycle with her front bumper and pushed him onto the train tracks, said Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua. The man was then hit by the FrontRunner train. He died a short time later at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Mel Crow identified the victim as his father, Douglas Crow, 69. He described his father as an avid bicyclist who would ride his bike to work at BYU each morning. He said his father worked as custodian at the university for 30 years and was set to retire this fall.

"He's a great guy," Mel Crow said. "I'm going to miss him."

He said his father had taken the day off from work Friday, and had taken time Thursday to have lunch with his son. Family was his his first priority, Mel Crow said.

"The day after Valentine's Day makes it a little more rough," Mel Crow said. "I just saw him yesterday and had lunch with him, so it is amazing how fast things happen."

Several questions remained outstanding Friday, including what condition Crow was in after being hit by the vehicle, how long he was on the tracks before being hit by the train and whether the crossing arms were down when the bicyclist was allegedly hit by the Escalade.

The vehicle believed to have hit Crow was found stopped 20 yards away from the intersection, after having already driven over the tracks, Siufanua said.

"We will look at every angle on this traffic accident and try to figure out if there was ice on the window, if she was blinded," Siufanua said. "We don't know. Hopefully, with our investigation and as we talk to her, we'll get more of the details from here."

A witness on the train reported seeing debris from the car accident and a bicycle on the tracks prior to the train hitting the pedestrian.

The Utah Transit Authority set up a bus bridge between Orem and Provo to accommodate passengers.

Randy Biertel, who lives near the crossing, said he frequently sees drivers who are unsafe around the tracks.

"People are in a hurry, too big of a hurry and want to beat the train," he said. "I that that is why these things are happening."

Contributing: Sam Penrod


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