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Distracted man hit by FrontRunner in Roy

ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A man is recovering in the hospital with serious injuries after witnesses say he wasn't paying attention and was hit by a front runner train in Roy.
ROY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A man is recovering in the hospital with serious injuries after witnesses say he wasn't paying attention and was hit by a front runner train in Roy.

This is the second accident involving a train and a pedestrian in the last 24 hours. Roy police say the man got off the north bound train and without looking walked in front of the southbound train just as it was taking off.  "He made a quick look at the southbound train and tried to get out of the way but it was too late,” said Sgt. Shane Hubbard with the Roy Police Department.

Sgt. Hubbard says the accident happened just before 8a.m. Tuesday. Police are not confirming what had his attention but they do say he was looking down and his injuries are severe. "He has significant trauma to the head, torso and both legs,” said Sgt. Hubbard.

Utah Transit Authority spokesperson Remi Barron says having two trains at the same place and time isn't always the case but it does happen, which is why they encourage people to be aware. UTA even has ordinances against distractions. “We will write a ticket if we see anyone texting and walking across the tracks or have headphones on and are walking across the tracks but we will at least talk to them and educate them that it is dangerous,” said Barron.

FrontRunner experts on scene tell ABC 4 Utah at maximum speed a train travels 79 miles per hour and although this train was just starting to take off the weight alone can be deadly.  "The conductor stated he was trying to blow the horns and everything and its just I would tell everybody out there that’s near trains and stuff to be careful and to listen for horns and look for the train," said Sgt. Hubbard. UTA says the man is from Washington.

    
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