Hyrum school mourns teacher killed by train

- SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Staff members and students alike at Hyrum's Mountain Crest High School are shocked at the loss of teacher Stanly "Larry" Litizzette, who was struck by a train and killed while hunting in Spanish Fork Canyon on Saturday.

Principal Bob Henke told ABC4 on Sunday that the school's administrators are still informing teachers and other staff members of the news and are planning on having counselors on hand tomorrow to help anyone at the school deal with the sudden loss.

"It's a shock, and Larry will be missed," Henke said.

Litizzette, 56, was a biology teacher at the school and had been a fixture there for nearly 30 years. According to Henke, Litizzette was the recipient of the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, a statewide honor given to a handful of elementary, middle and high school teachers every year. Henke said Litizzette, was beloved by students and teachers alike.

"He was passionate about the subject," Henke said. "He loved the kids and was well-respected."

Instead of calling in a substitute to teach Littizette's classes Monday, Henke and other administrators at the school will speak with the students and encourage them to talk and seek the counseling available. Substitutes will also be on hand for any teachers who wish to talk to a counselor during the week, Henke said.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, Litizzette, who was from Logan, was hunting with his son at the time he was killed.

Litizzette's son told authorities his father was sitting on a bridge and his brown camouflage clothing may have blended in with the bridge. Litizzette tried to avoid getting hit by the BNSF train, but he was clipped. He fell from the bridge into the water below and died instantly.

The son was reportedly frantic and upset with BNSF train operators. The operators did honk the train’s horn, but it is unknown if Litizzette heard it.

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