A car struck an eastbound light-rail train as it was approaching the Government Plaza station in downtown Minneapolis Saturday morning.
No one was injured, said the driver and only person in the car, who was standing by the site of the crash.
The driver, a Minneapolis man who would not give his name, was driving a red Honda CR-V south on 3rd Avenue S. as he approached the light-rail tracks on S. 5th St., he said. The train was coming east on 5th to the Government Plaza stop.
“The light had just turned red and the train started coming,” he said. “I just didn’t stop fast enough.”
His car slammed head-on into the front left side of the eastbound train around 9:15 a.m. The front of the car was crushed and the train was dented.
The train temporarily blocked traffic headed both ways on 3rd Avenue S. Workers unlinked the train cars and moved them from the crash site, and train service on the eastbound line resumed around 10:20 a.m.
The man, who waited for his car to be towed, said he was not looking at his phone while driving.