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Second day in a row, car collides with TRAX train

Published February 7, 2012 9:44 am

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For the second day in a row Tuesday, there was a downtown Salt Lake City collision between a motorist and a TRAX light rail train.

This time, according to Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter, no one was injured when a truck crashed into the northbound "Red Line" train about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday near the station at 500 South and Main Street. The driver was cited for running a red light.

Carpenter said the heavy-duty construction company pickup truck was northbound and got too close to the train, which caught the vehicle's rear bumper — possibly as the driver attempted to make a late left turn.

On Monday, a man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after his pickup truck collided with, and derailed the lead car of a northbound TRAX train near 900 South and 200 West. Buses were used to transport commuters around the crash site for several hours.

The driver of that pickup also was cited for running a red light, authorities said.

Tuesday's crash delayed the train only briefly, Carpenter said, and normal traffic on the rail line had resumed by 8:25 a.m.

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