SUNSET -- A young man died Wednesday night after he was hit by a FrontRunner train.
The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was in the train's right of way about 400 to 500 yards north of the 2300 North crossing, said Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn. The area is unlit and not a designated pedestrian crossing.
About 9:45 p.m., the train engineer called in that he believed he had hit someone on the tracks. When emergency responders arrived, they found an obvious fatality, Eborn said.
Police are investigating who the man was and why he was on the tracks.
The train would have been traveling close to its top speed of 79 miles per hour, said Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter.
UTA had buses shuttle the passengers on the train north or south to the Clearfield and Roy stations so police could keep the train stopped and investigate the accident. UTA does not believe any passengers saw the accident, Carpenter said.
Emergency responders also closed 2300 North on either side of the railroad crossing until they cleared the scene.
This was the third such incident in Sunset since July, Ebron said. The first was on July 20, also near the 2300 North crossing. The second was three days later near 1600 North.
Eborn said that a lot of trains pass through the area and that people should not trespass onto their right of ways.