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Commuters delayed by suicide on FrontRunner tracks

Hundred of commuters were delayed Wednesday evening after a FrontRunner train collided with a pedestrian just south of Draper station. The accident appeared to be a suicide by train.
Hundred of commuters were delayed Wednesday evening after a FrontRunner train collided with a pedestrian just south of Draper station. The accident appeared to be a suicide by train.
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DRAPER — Hundred of commuters were delayed Wednesday evening after a Frontrunner train collided with a pedestrian just south of Draper station.

The accident appeared to be a suicide by train, according to Utah Transit Authority officials.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. at 13000 South and 550 West. According to the train's operator, the unnamed victim intentionally lay down across the tracks as the train approached. The person died at the scene.

The accident closed both sets of tracks, prompting long delays for both northbound and southbound commuters.

The Utah Transit Authority dispatched a fleet of buses to shuttle passengers between the Lehi and Draper stations, forming what organizers called a "bus bridge." UTA later encouraged southbound commuters to seek alternate transportation where available, citing large rush hour passenger loads and limited space on buses.

— Allison Oligschlaeger