WEST BOUNTIFUL -- A 20-year-old Bountiful man is considered lucky to be alive after being hit by a train, police said.
Brayden Johnson, who was believed to be intoxicated, was clipped by a Union Pacific train at 6 a.m. Thursday, between Pages Lane and 400 North, in West Bountiful.
"For being hit by a train, he is doing OK," police Chief Todd Hixson said.
Police found Johnson lying next to the railroad track with injuries.
Johnson was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital by ambulance. The extent of his injuries was not reported by police, but Johnson was talking to paramedics as he entered the ambulance.
Hixson said police received a call at 4 a.m., about a man dressed in a Halloween costume staggering down the middle of Pages Lane. Police looked for the man, but did not find him. They later received another call about a man who was struck by a train. That man matched the description of the man police were looking for.
The train was doing 28 mph when Union Pacific employees saw Johnson in the middle of the track.
"That's when (Union Pacific) did an all-stop," Hixson said.
Johnson was hit sideways and knocked down. The train traveled another 600 feet after hitting Johnson.
"He was clipped by the corner of the train, which was good, because there is no give when you are hit by a train," Hixson said.
Police believe Johnson entered the tracks on Pages Lane and continued to walk south along the tracks.
Union Pacific is doing the initial investigation, while West Bountiful police are assisting.
Trains were running at full capacity within two hours of the accident.