Light Rail Hits, Kills 1 Man
MINNEAPOLIS - A man died Thursday in Minneapolis after he stepped on a light rail track and was struck by a moving train.
The accident happened just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and East 26th Street.
Metro Transit Spokesman Bob Gibbons says the man was waiting behind the gate arm, when he suddenly stepped in front of the train. He reportedly made eye contact with the train operator just before he started walking across the tracks.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released his identity.
Gibbons says there were about 150 people on the train at the time of the accident. Buses were called in to transport the passengers to the next light rail station.
Light rail was briefly shut down in both direction for a short time; but service has since resumed. This is the seventh fatality involving a light rail train since the service began five years ago and the second in the past 10 days.