Two teens killed, third in extremely critical condition after being struck by train while standing near tracks in Spanish Fork Canyon.
On Octoberl 15, 2011, at about 6:39 P.M., dispatchers with the Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call from Union Pacific Railroad personnel saying a train had just hit a pedestrian near the tracks in the area of Covered Bridge Canyon in Spanish Fork Canyon. This area is along SR-6 at about mile marker 183. Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and Spanish Fork Fire and Ambulance responded. Upon arriving deputies initially discovered that one young teenage girl was deceased. As the investigation expanded two more victims were found, both female teenagers. One of the other victims was also deceased. The third victim was alive but was in extremely critical condition. This third victim was conscious and was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical center where she is currently being treated.
It is not completely clear what the girls were doing so close to the tracks. Railroad officials reported that a west bound train was passing through the area as the girls were standing near the tracks. The engineer of an east bound train reported seeing the girls between the two sets of tracks and he activated his train horn. He told deputies the girls did not respond to his blasting of the horn and he was unable to stop before hitting them. Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate this incident. Once further information is gathered the names of the victims will be released. All three teens are from the Spanish Fork area.
***** UPDATE October 16, 2011, 1:30 PM ***** Killed in this incident were Kelsea Webster, age 15, and Essa Ricker, age 15. Both are from the Spanish Fork area. Injured in the accident was Savannah Webster, age 13. Savannah is Kelsea’s sister. Savannah was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center last night. Today she was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Savannah is still in extremely critical condition and is undergoing further treatment for injuries she sustained as a result of this accident. Detectives with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate this incident.
For questions call Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, (801)404-1912.