UTA Media Release
Contact: Remi Barron, 801-859-6095, Rbarron@rideuta.com
UTA Releases Preliminary Information About Incident
Between FrontRunner and FedEx Truck
Jan. 24, 2017—Preliminary investigation results, including police video of the Jan. 21 accident between a FrontRunner train and a FedEx cargo truck in North Salt Lake, indicate that the crossing gates were in the up position, and the flashing lights and bells were not activated at the time of the incident.
In the event of a power outage or lack of signal, crossing gates are programmed to default to the “down and active” position as a safety precaution. Preliminary information indicates the gates were affected by the severe ice and snow conditions at the time and were in the default “down and active” position, as they are programmed. After an employee responded to the location, the gates moved to the up position. The agency has never had an accident like this before, and UTA is investigating why and how it happened to ensure it doesn’t occur again.
UTA has well established investigation protocols, and has initiated a thorough investigation of all systems and is conducting interviews with employees to identify whether all protocols and procedures were followed to ultimately determine the cause of the incident and whether human error was a factor.
Appropriate safety oversight agencies and officials have been notified and are monitoring UTA’s investigation. Following completion of the investigation, all appropriate actions will be implemented to prevent this from happening in the future.
UTA is grateful there were no serious injuries in the accident. Safety is the agency’s top priority, and we are committed to a thorough and accurate review of this incident to ensure we are providing a safe transit system to our customers.