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Driver critically injured after TRAX train collides with car

A woman was critically injured Monday morning when her car was hit by a TRAX train at a crossing in Murray, police said.
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MURRAY — A woman was critically injured Monday morning when her car was hit by a TRAX train at a crossing in Murray, police said.

The 33-year-old woman, who was driving with her 8-year-old daughter in the back seat, was driving west on Vine Street near the Murray Central Station about 8:15 a.m. when the train crossing signal came on, Utah Transit Authority said. The woman stopped several feet past the stopping line, UTA said, and the gate arm came down on the rear of the car.

The operator of the approaching train honked his horn, and the woman accelerated across the train tracks, UTA said. The car was hit broadside by the train and was pushed about 60 feet down the rails until the train stopped.

The woman was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition, and remained in critical condition by Monday afternoon, according to UTA. Her daughter received minor injuries and was cleared by paramedics.

A bus bridge was temporarily put in place to serve the Murray North, Murray Central, and Fashion Place stations, but was deactivated by late morning. A TRAX shuttle was running between Murray North and Fashion Place while the safety inspection continued.

— Gretel Kauffman