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Slain train worker’s wife says agency failed to protect him

FILE - Yellow ribbons and photos of UTA employee Kay Ricks line the UTA TRAX Ballpark station in Salt Lake City Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Ricks' body was found in Wyoming. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The widow of a Utah train worker kidnapped and killed on the job says in a lawsuit the agency failed to protect him.

The suit says the Utah Transit Authority didn’t act on repeated warnings about the dangers faced by solo workers and didn’t respond quickly to a panic button he hit the night he was assaulted.

Agency spokesman Carl Arky declined to comment on the claims Tuesday, saying the agency hasn’t seen the lawsuit yet.

Worker Kay Ricks was grabbed near a light-rail station in 2016 by two men on the run from police

They drove north to Wyoming with Ricks in the back, then pulled off a rural dirt road and beat him to death.

His body was found five days after his disappearance.

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