Toppled Power Line Halts LRT

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A toppled power pole has stopped train traffic along the Hiawatha Light Rail line Friday morning, authorities said.

Metro Transit officials said the pole fell just south of the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. A train leaving the airport at 7:53 a.m. snagged the overhead power line, Metro Transit said.

Minnesota Department of Transportation cameras showed a train stopped on the bridge above Highway 62 near Highway 55.

The passengers from the train were allowed to leave and walk back across the bridge along the tracks to the Fort Snelling stop. In all, 120 people had to be transferred from two cars.

The interruption is currently spanning the train stops between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Terminal 1 and Franklin Avenue — roughly one-third of the line — while workers are trying to repair a downed power line.

Metro Transit was using buses to move passengers along the 55 route until service can be restored.

Metro Transit said they hope to have full service up and running by 3 p.m. for afternoon rush, but couldn’t say for sure whether it will be.

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