Van Collides With Metro Transit Train

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A van collided with a Metro Transit light-rail train headed to the Mall of America Monday afternoon.

The crash happened at 12:45 p.m. after the train had just left the Hubert Humphrey Terminal southbound.

A van was also traveling south when it neared 34th street north of the 494 bridge and crashed after making what investigators said was a prohibited left turn.

Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland said trains are up and running but passengers should still expect delays. At this point all the trains are running on one track.

“The last thing I heard, the train has picked up passengers and is back in service,” said Siqveland.

Metro Transit Police are on the scene investigating the incident. No one inside the train and no one in the van suffered injuries.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

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  • duh

    This lightrail has been a problem. They should have had it elevated like Seattle.
    Then it wouldn’t interfere with traffic.

    Thanks ventura for being a bone head.

    • kris

      Then what excuse would they use for always being late?

    • MoeHill

      That was the plan originally, but it was too expensive.

  • G

    Im not in the cities very much, but did see the train in action in a few places. Yes, its a train, but its very hard to see… In the city where it runs along side structures and buildings it tend to blend in, and its very quiet. There are places along Hiawatha where it just seems to appear from out of no where. I can see how cars and bikes and even people could run into it…

  • David J. Conklin

    >Yes, its a train, but its very hard to see

    Its a train! And partly yellow! The only way you might miss it is if it isn’t moving or you quite simply are not paying attention, or as this driver did: make a prohibited left turn! If you can’t see the train, then you shouldn’t be driving, period!

    • Dave

      Calm down, David, Stop waving your hands around. Back away from the exclamation point on your keyboard, please.

  • Swamp Fox

    If people hit and crash big transit or school buses from all directions then why is there a problem in not seeing a LRT train on dedicated tracks with all sorts of signaling devices? Minneapolis, and St.Paul in the future, will be more transit orientated. Vehicle drivers must be more alert to the new transit ways that will appear on the streets. Why then are Twin Citians not adjusting to inter-modal mass transit systems like other metropolitan regions?

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