Third light rail accident in the Twin Cities in the last two weeks

Green line train Tim Nelson
A rider boards a Green Line light rail train in St. Paul. Tim Nelson | MPR News file

A man walking on tracks along the Green Line light rail line in St. Paul was struck by a passing train Monday afternoon.

It’s the third such accident in just 10 days involving light rail trains.

Metro Transit reported the crash just before 1 p.m. Emergency dispatch audio indicated police and paramedics were sent to the scene about 12:35 p.m., about a half block east of Grotto Street on University Avenue, on a report of a man down in the street.

His condition wasn’t immediately available, although initial indications were that his injuries were not fatal, according to Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr.

Kerr said initial indications were that the man made contact with the side of the front car of a light rail train as it was passing on the tracks in front of him. Kerr said the man was walking north across University Avenue where pedestrian crossing is prohibited.

A previous Green Line crash killed Hanue Salahdin Sikar, 21, on Aug. 30, when she was struck by a train near the Dale Street Station. A bicyclist, John Edward Casey, 53, was killed Sept. 2, when he drove his bike in front of an oncoming Blue Line train at the 35th Street crossing in Minneapolis.

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