Utah officials release video of fatal train collision
POSTED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Video from a fatal train accident released Tuesday by the Utah Transit Authority shows the driver going around a downed crossing arm.
Lorna Boguslawski, 72, of Jerome, Idaho, was killed August 15 when police say she made a left turn against the red light, drove around a downed crossing arm and was hit by an oncoming TRAX train.
Video of the accident recorded from the train shows Boguslawski's car turning left - around a clearly downed crossing arm - and driving right into the path of the oncoming train.
The train struck the driver's side quarter panel and door. There was a cloud of smoke as the car was dragged about 100 yards between the train and the concrete barricade. When the train comes to a stop, the rear of the car can be seen still wedged between the train and the barricade.
Several witnesses immediately pulled over and got out of their cars to try and assist. The short video clip stops just as other motorists get to the car to offer help.
Boguslawski was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency crews had to extricate her husband, Karren Boguslawski, 73, from the vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
UTA officials say train operators are trained for risk-takers, but it's impossible to be fully prepared.
"If they see someone who they think might dart out in front of the train, they'll begin to decelerate even; get ready to brake if necessary," said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter.
So far in 2011, there have been 23 TRAX accidents, four of which were fatal.