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Two Weber County men escape as train smashes stalled truck
First Published Oct 24 2012 08:59 am • Last Updated Oct 24 2012 03:27 pm

Two Weber County men bailed out of a stalled pickup truck just in time, avoiding death or injury as a Union Pacific freight train reduced their vehicle to twisted wreckage.

Weber County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Johnson said Wednesday that the men, both in their 20s, were driving down a dirt road about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in West Warren adjacent to the train tracks near 8200 West when the truck became stuck as they attempted to turn around.

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With the train approaching and unable to dislodge the truck’s rear wheels from the tracks, the two jumped out. The train struck the pickup at about 40-50 mph, spraying wreckage along the one mile it took for the train to come to a halt.

"There wasn’t much left of the truck. They were very lucky," Johnson said. "The tracks there were closed down for a couple hours, but the good news is that there were no injuries."

The accident remained under investigation. Authorities said it was possible the two men could face trespassing-related charges for being on Union Pacific property without permission.

remims@sltrib.com




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