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UTA Investigating Sunday Green Line Derailment that Injures 3

KUER Brian Grimmett

Utah Transit Authority officials are investigating the derailment Sunday of a Green Line TRAX train just after it left Central Pointe Station and began turning west. Remi Barron is UTA spokesman. He says investigators are looking closely at the possibility the train may have accelerated too quickly from the station.

“We’ve put the operator on administrative leave," says Barron. "We’re also looking at the train itself to see if there was any mechanical malfunction.”  

Barron says they should know details of the incident by Wednesday.

“We’re looking at video. There’s an on-board data recorder on that train, so we need to pull that off; download that information and that should tell us what happened,” says Barron.

He says of the 12 people reported on the train, three were hospitalized. He says two have been released and one is expected to be released shortly. Barron says a bus bridge will run between Central Pointe and River Trail until that section of the Green Line is deemed completely safe to resume operation. He says that’s expected by mid-week.

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