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Train Accidents

TRAX is More Dangerous Than You Realize

Published on May 14, 2015 • Last updated December 6, 2021 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Being Safe in Utah (General Safety), Bicycle Accidents, Bicycle Safety, Pedestrian Accidents, Train Accidents

Red line TRAX train at daybreak

The average car (empty) weighs 1.75 tons and the average person weighs 178 pounds (on an empty stomach). By contrast, the TRAX light rail weighs about 27 times more than your car and 542 times more than you. But what do those numbers really mean? Whether you are with or without your car, TRAX will win every…

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Train Safety Responsibilities

Published on December 31, 2013 • Last updated December 6, 2021 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Train Accidents

Train accidents seem to be a common occurrence lately. What are the reasons for this? Are there more trains running than before? The short answer is yes, Utah’s newest additions to the TRAX system now extend to Draper and the SLC Airport. These new additions to the city’s transportation mean more trains running throughout the…

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4 Things that Influence the Likelihood of Train Accidents

Published on March 22, 2013 • Last updated December 6, 2021 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Train Accidents

Recent expansion and improvements of the FrontRunner system are predicted to make commuting throughout the Salt Lake City area simpler and more efficient.  So far, the public transit community has demonstrated an interest in becoming acquainted with the new options available to them.  While those accustomed to old UTA schedules are likely to experience growing…

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9 Tips for Safety in the Proximity of Trains

Published on February 20, 2013 • Last updated December 9, 2021 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Train Accidents

There are few things more naturally intimidating than a huge, speeding locomotive:  you can’t steer the thing, it takes forever to stop…in short, it’s an inexorable force composed of metal and nightmares.  However, in spite of its formidable appearance, too many people fail to appreciate the hazards associated with adjacency to a train or to…

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5 Train Accident Types

Published on December 10, 2012 • Last updated December 6, 2021 by Ken Christensen
Topics: Train Accidents

To the jubilation of unnumbered UTA passengers, the FrontRunner train system has been finished and opened for public use almost 3 years ahead of schedule and under budget. Now, instead of a long, lurching journey from Utah County to the Salt Lake City area—a commute which can take 2 hours or more under unfavorable driving…

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