Last Saturday, a man sustained fatal injuries after his truck was hit by a train in southern Utah. According to an article featured on Fox13.com, Iron County officials received a 911 call around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The accident occurred in Beryl, northwest of Cedar City. Responding to the crash took longer than usual due to the locale of the accident, as well as the harsh weather conditions. Medical responders finally arrived after about an hour and found the 50-year-old male had passed away because of his injuries. The crash didn’t damage any cargo or derail the train. The incident is still under investigation.
Accidents of this nature are always unfortunate. When such an accident occurs, we ask how such could be avoided. Although the specific conditions surrounding this accident are still being investigated, we can still speak generally about how to prevent a similar disaster. These suggestions are not meant to apply to this accident exactly.
First of all, although we do not know why the man was on the train tracks, as a general rule, you should always be vigilant near train tracks. Usually, train tracks have arm-bars that come down to warn oncoming traffic that a train might be coming. However, there are many areas that do not have this feature. A sign will usually designate these regions informing drivers that they are approaching a railroad. The sign is a circular sign with a large “X” with corresponding “R”s on the Whether you think the rail is used frequently or hardly at all, you need to be cautious. Always look and listen for a train. Also, never stop while on the train tracks. If a train is on the track, the train will not have enough time to stop for you. More information can be found in a PDF produced by UDOT.