Monday, September 7, 2009

Pedestrian Hit By Hiawatha LRT

Pedestrian Hit By Light-Rail Train in Mpls.
Metro Transit Police and Minneapolis Police say a pedestrian was hit by a Light Rail train Sunday night on Hiawatha Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets East.
The call came in just after 10:30 p.m. Police say a man was on foot when he was hit by the train, but they are still trying to determine why it happened. Police say the man is alive and was talking before he was taken to the hospital. They also say it appears the man only suffered a leg injury.
Metro Transit says service was knocked out for an hour, but trains are running again. As normal procedure, Metro Transit say the train conductor will be tested for drugs and alcohol.
This is the third time someone has been hit by a light-rail train along Hiawatha Avenue in just over a month.
A man was killed after stepping out onto the tracks in front of a train near 26th and Hiawatha Avenue on Aug.13.
On Aug. 3, witnesses say Abdirahman Hirsi drove a car around a crossing arm and was struck by a train. He died at the hospital Aug.. 9.

2 comments:

Brent said...

Why don't we have these tracks above or below street level??? I think it would almost eliminate these accidents. How many people have to die before we do something about it??

Bus Driver Dude said...

I sorry Bren, but this person had no business being on the tracks. You argue that the LRT should be above street grade. What about the millions of mile of tracks of freight trains tracks. Should they be elevated also. This person had no business on the tracks. The incident before this one appears to be a suicide.

To change the LRT to elevated line is cost prohibitive.

How about this? How many people have to die before people start using common sense around rail tracks? A good rule when there are track, AWAYS expect a train.

To stay Safe around the LRT check out this site:

http://metrotransit.org/safetySecurity/safetyHiawatha.asp