Driver runs red light, hits Minneapolis light rail train

Metro Transit says no one was injured when a light rail train hit a car in downtown Minneapolis last night.

The transit agency said the collision happened about 9:30 p.m., when a southbound Blue Line train struck a passenger vehicle at 3rd Avenue and 5th Street. A preliminary investigation says the car ran a red light and was struck by the train. No injuries were reported in the car or the train, and the passengers in both the train and car declined transport in an ambulance at the scene.

Metro Transit said the driver admitted to running the red light and got a ticket from Metro Transit police.

The collision is the fourth collision between a motor vehicle and a light rail train since April 30, most of them along the soon-to-open Green Line. Authorities are urging drivers to use extra caution around the trains as the rail transit system in the Twin Cities is expanding.

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