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Kamas woman fatally struck by TRAX train in off-limits area

Published May 5, 2012 5:20 pm

Public safety • The woman was walking along the tracks in an off-limits area.
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A Kamas woman was struck and killed Saturday morning by a TRAX train as she walked on an off-limits stretch of rails between two stations.

Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter identified the victim as Ashli Brusnahan, 20, who had been living in Sandy recently.

While the circumstances of the incident were still being investigated, Carpenter said it was clear the woman had intentionally entered the restricted right-of-way, climbing over a 3-foot cement barrier in order to do so.

The northbound "Blue Line" train was traveling about 50-55 mph when it struck Brusnahan midway between the TRAX stations at 9000 South and 7800 South about 6:15 a.m.

The train was carrying six passengers at the time, none of whom were hurt. The train's operator has been placed on administrative leave pending investigation and drug and alcohol tests that are standard for such incidents, Carpenter said.

Passengers on the train were transferred to another train brought up on a parallel track, and UTA used buses for several hours to take other northbound TRAX passengers between its stations at the Sandy Civic Center and 7800 South while public safety and UTA crews cleared the accident scene.

Carpenter said Saturday's fatality was the second TRAX-pedestrian death this year; a third pedestrian survived with serious injuries. There also have been 10 accidents involving light-rail trains and vehicles, none of those resulting in fatalities.

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