Minneapolis Light Rail Crash Injures 7

Seven people were injured when a Metro Transit light rail train crashed into a car that entered a downtown Minneapolis intersection on a yellow signal. The crash happened around 9 PM Monday at the intersection of Fifth Street and Portland Avenue South near the U.S. Bank Stadium light rail stop. Metro Transit Police say a total of seven people were injured in the crash. Two people were extracted from the car and transported to the hospital. One victim is in critical condition and the other suffered minor injuries. Five light rail passengers also suffered minor injuries.

A video submitted to Reddit shows the car entering the intersection as the caution signal turns yellow before it gets hit by a southbound train. The crash’s impact pushed the car into a stopped northbound train where it became lodged between the two trains.

Both Green Line and Blue Line trains are back in service as of Tuesday morning. The crash is under investigation.

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Reform Legislation Holds Light Rail Operators Accountable for Reckless Driving

According to Metro Transit data, there have been 416 light rail crashes with passenger vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians since service started in 2004. After a 2017 crash that killed a St. Paul man, legislators passed a new law that allows train operators to be charged with careless or reckless driving. The new law, which went into effect on August 1, 2019, closed a legal loophole that shielded negligent train operators from criminal charges.     

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