By Myrna Trauntvein
Two young people are dead and a third is in critical condition following a collision with a train near Burraston Ponds on Saturday.
The driver of the passenger car that was struck by a Union Pacific Train, was identified as Jacob Michael Cottle, 22-years-old, from La Plata, Maryland.
He is listed in critical condition at the Utah Valley Medical Center.
“There were two additional passengers in the car,” said Brent Pulver, Juab County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy.
“The front seat passenger, identified as Cassandra Brielle Hatch, 22-years-old, from Gilbert, Arizona, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Utah Valley Medical Center, and rear seat passenger, identified as Tanner Ryan Davies, 22-years-old, from Spanish Fork, Utah, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The investigation revealed that a small passenger vehicle locally registered in Utah was traveling eastbound on Burraston Road and was struck by a Union Pacific train that was traveling northbound.
“The crash was reported to have occurred on Burraston Road at its intersection with the Union Pacific railroad track and the investigation is being conducted by the Juab County Sheriff’s office with the assistance of the Union Pacific Railroad police and the Utah Highway Patrol,” said Pulver.
He said that the Juab County Sheriff’s office, fire department and local EMS responders responded to a report of a car Vs train crash in Juab County near Mona at 5 p.m. on June 20.
No other injuries were reported and the victims’ next of kin have been notified.
“The investigation remains ongoing and there are no additional details immediately available of the exact cause or contributing factors leading to the crash,” said Pulver.