An 86 year old Provo man is still hospitalized in critical condition after he drove into the path of a FrontRunner train. What caused him to drive through the barricade is still under investigation.
On June 6, 2016, at about 1:15 PM, Provo Police responded to a report of a crash where a pickup truck was hit by a FrontRunner train. The train was southbound approaching a crossing at about 2800 W 2000 N when the driver of a west bound pickup crashed through a crossing arm and drove into the path of the train. The pickup was thrown approximately 30 yards from the point of impact. The location of the crash is in an unincorporated part of Utah County near Provo and Orem. The driver of the pickup, Provo resident Merrill Frost, age 86, sustained critical injuries and was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. He underwent surgery and remains hospitalized for treatment. The crossing arms were lowered and the signal lights were active and flashing at the time of the crash. What caused Frost to drive through the crossing arms is still under investigation. One passenger on the train was taken to a doctor's office for a previously scheduled appointment. There were no injuries to any of the 30 occupants of the train.
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