SUNSET — Police are investigating the death of a man hit by a FrontRunner train about 6 p.m. Monday night as a possible suicide.
The conductor of the northbound passenger train told police she saw the 22-year-old Christobal Benjamin Espinoza lie down on the tracks and place his head on the rails, said Sunset Police Chief Ken Eborn. He was struck and killed instantly.
Based on interviews with his family and messages he left with them, it appears Espinoza’s death is a suicide, Eborn said. The State Medical Examiner will make an official determination of the cause of death.
It happened at about 2500 North. The area would be difficult for pedestrians to access becuase they would have to hop a fence, crawl under it or find a hole in it to crawl through.
“It is kind of remote, in an area where it’s hard to see what’s happening,” Eborn said.
FrontRunner was shut down between about 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, according to Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron. The agency provided bus bridges for FrontRunner passenger to get to the next station.
Union Pacific also shut down its operation for two to three hours, setting the railroad’s scheduled back all the way to Canada, Eborn said.