Police have released astonishing dashboard camera video showing the scary moment a FrontRunner commuter train full of passengers crashed into a FedEx truck in Utah Saturday morning.
The footage shows the train colliding with the tractor trailer, slicing it in half, in North Salt Lake on a snowy day. The gates and flashing lights used to warn vehicles of oncoming trains were not activated until after the crash.
The Utah Transit Authority, which is investigating the incident, said in a press release obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune that the crossing gates had been affected by the severe weather conditions. Although the gates had properly defaulted to the “down and active” position that occurs during a power outage or lack of signal, an employee moved them to their upright 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,” the UTA stated in the release.
The UTA is conducting interviews with employees to make sure all procedures were followed and determine the cause of the crash.
Chief Jeff Barrett of the South Davis Metro Fire Department told KTVX that there were about 82 passengers on the train, but no serious injuries were reported from the crash.