Pedestrian struck by light-rail train in stable condition

Star Tribune

September 7, 2009

A man was struck by a light-trail train in south Minneapolis and seriously injured late Sunday night.

The man was on or near the tracks about 30 yards south of E. 32nd Street at about 10:40 p.m., said Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons. The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with leg injuries. He was in critical but stable condition and was talking to paramedics when they took him away, Gibbons said.

The train operator saw the man and pulled the emergency brake, but was not able to stop in time, Gibbons said. The train was not in service when the accident occurred. It was headed to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to provide service between terminals.

"There's no good reason to trespass and be in that location," Gibbons said.

The train operator was put on paid administrative leave and will be tested for drugs or alcohol, which is standard procedure. Train service between Franklin Avenue and Fort Snelling was interrupted for about an hour and a half. Trains were running normally by early Monday.