Notice the number of times the light rail operator couldn't stop the train.
Light rail trains have three stopping mechanisms: standard braking, emergency braking, and track braking. Did they use any of them?
Is the cause an at-grade (street-level) implementation design flaw?
2013 December 1
Man Hit By TRAX Train (Salt Lake City, UT)
A man hit and critically injured by a UTA TRAX train near 300 West and 2100 South at 7:56pm. He told officers he was trying to commit suicide.
2013 December 1
4 Dead, 60+ Injured When Metro-North Derails (Bronx, NYC, NY)
The 5:54am Metro-North 7-car train from Poughkeepsie was 100 yards north of the Spuyten Duyvil station at 7:20am when it derailed and tipped over. Windows broke and gravel sprayed up at the passengers. The derailment killed four people and injured more than 60, with 14 critically injured. Three of the four people who died were thrown from the train. The train operator said he tried the brakes, but the train didn't slow down. This is the worst Metro-North train disaster in the six months since the two train crash that injured 70 people on May 17, 2013.
2013 November 26
Metro Red Line Hits, Kills Man (Hollywood, CA)
An eastbound Metro red line train struck and ran over a 53 year old man at the Hollywood and Vine station at 5:37am.
2013 November 23
TRAX Train Hits Pickup (West Valley City, UT)
A 16 year old boy and an adult woman were seriously injured when their pickup was hit by a UTA TRAX train at 2700 West and 3360 South at 7pm.
2013 November 22
Arm Severed By Train (Burbank, CA)
A man wearing headphones was walking along the tracks on a rail bridge over the 170 Freeway, when he was hit from behind by a MetroLink train at 4:15pm. The MetroLink train blew its horn and severed his arm.
2013 November 22
Computer Glitch Stops 19 BART Trains (San Francisco & Oakland, CA)
Between 500 and 1,000 passengers were left stranded in 19 unmoving, powerless trains in the Bay area due to a computer problem. BART central control computer systems were not communicating properly with track switches, causing the system-wide shutdown.
2013 November 20
RTD Light Rail Hits Car (Denver)
A D line light rail train hit a car at the intersection of Welton and 26th at 5 Points shortly before 6:30pm.
2013 November 19
A Drunk Walks Into A Light Rail Train... (Murray, UT)
A drunk walked into a UTA TRAX light rail train at the Fashion Place station before the train stopped at 9:40am. After using his face to try to slow the train down, he was sent to Intermountain Medical Center for his injuries. [Relevant video]
2013 November 18
Lynx Light Rail Injures 1 (Charlotte, NC)
A blue line Lynx light rail train hit a silver car just before 8pm on the 3800 block of South Boulevard (near Clanton Road). The injured man driving the car was taken to the Carolinas Medical Center in Huntersville. The WBTV3 story says it takes 600 feet for a light rail train to stop if the emergency brakes are applied, but the actual distance depends on many factors, including the speed of the train and the grade of the tracks. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has been struggling to get federal funding to extend the Lynx light rail tracks.
2013 November 18
Amtrak Derailed (Baltimore)
Amtrak's Silver Meteor detrailed in the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel near Baltimore at 7pm. No injuries were reported, but the tunnel is considered a disaster waiting to happen. A 1978 study of the post-Civil War tunnel found many engineering defects, including water seeping through tunnel walls, standing water under rails, height limitations, and curves that prevent trains from exceeding 30mph.
2013 November 18
MAX Train Derails (Portland, OR)
A westbound TriMet MAX train derailed at 82nd Avenue NE around 2:45pm. One of the track brakes had a faulty hanger bracket, which broke and dropped the track brake in front of the second wheel set, causing it to leave the tracks. The derailment disrupted service on the red, blue, and green lines. The wheels were back on track at 9:15pm. The derailed type 2 train was 17 years old and “required more maintenance than it has been receiving,” said Amalgamated Transit Union 757 Vice President Jonathan Hunt.“The derailment was the result of TriMet’s practice of deferring both maintenance and training in favor of system expansion and other expenditures.” [controversial C-Tran TriMet deal, pedestrian safety barriers added]
2013 November 18
Metra Boss Put On Leave (Chicago)
Alex Wiggins, the Metra executive director for administration was put on administrative leave.
2013 November 18
Metro Train Hit Deer; Taken Out Of Service (Washington, DC)
A blue line Metro train hit a deer at 6:25am near the Addison Road station. Also, red line trains were delayed due to signal problems at the Takoma station. Two consecutive days of red line delays last week, a downed cable in a tunnel on November 13th, brake problems on November 14th and a previous oil leak, led to an apology from Metro general manager Richard Sarles.
2013 November 17
Amtrak Had A Flat (Chicago, IL)
The 6pm Amtrak Wolverine train 354 left Chicago for Detroit at 6:35pm. At 6:45pm, the crew noticed a flat spot on one wheel of a coach car. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari described the flat spot as a place on the wheel that “stops being round.”
2013 November 17
New Siemens Train On Fire (Warsaw, Poland)
A new Siemens subway train, just introduced in October, caught fire as it was pulling into the Politechnika station. The fire under the carriage of an Inspiro train, caused all five trains to be removed from service until the malfunction is found and corrected.
2013 November 16
Nude Woman Rides L (Chicago, IL)
Declaring herself Goddess of the Train, a nude woman, 31, rode a southbound red line L train, while shouting and slapping other passengers. Chicago Police removed her at the Granville stop at 12:45pm.
2013 November 15
Pedestrian Killed By Train (Seattle)
The 4:12pm Sounder train from Seattle hit and killed a pedestrian near Auburn at 4:52pm.
2013 November 15
Teacher Killed By Train (Tinley Park, IL)
The northbound 402 Metra train struck and killed a man near the 80th Avenue station at 5:55am. The man had been a teacher for nine years at Memorial School.
2013 November 15
Muni Streetcar Derails (San Francisco)
At 5:30am, an inbound L Taraval train’s wheels came off the track just before the entrance to the West Portal tunnel.
2013 November 13
Train Hits Elephant Herd; Kills 5 (Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India)
An eastbound passenger train hit a herd of elephants at 50mph, killing 5 and injuring ten. One injured female elephant with a fractured leg fell into a ravine, inaccessible by cranes or trucks. The herd was in the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, but railway officials don't consider it part of an elephant corridor, which would require the trains to reduce speed. Trains have killed 17 elephants in West Bengal this year. An elephant cub is the mascot of Indian Railways, and Ganesh, the Hindu god of wisdom, is part elephant, but elephants don't matter.
2013 November 13
Light Rail Train Leaves Without Operator; Passenger Hits Brakes (San Francisco)
A southwest-bound Muni light rail train stopped at the Castro station. The operator got off to look at a door problem. The door closed, and the train left the station without the operator for Forest Hills. A passenger pulled the emergency brake lever at 10:21am, stopping the train in the tunnel between the stations.
2013 November 13
A Day's Worth Of Metro Service Problems (Washington, DC)
Door problems. Brake problems. Track problems. Equipment problems. The Washington Post lists a service day of the Metro to show that it isn't just the Metro red line that has problems.
2013 November 12
Man Pulls Woman Off CTA Tracks (Chicago)
She was saying, "I just wanna die," but Brian Eckerman pulled the woman off the tracks at the Argyle station before the arrival of the 9:05am red line train. Eckerman recommends the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Another number is 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). And here are a list of other suicide and crisis phone numbers for Minnesota.
2013 November 12
Man Killed By Metro Train (Westchester, NY)
A man, Bradley Ewing, was struck and killed by a southbound Metro North train near the Hartsdale station at 7:55am. Commuters were stuck on crowded, powerless trains throughout the Harlem line without communication until about 10am. There have been at least four other deaths on the Metro North tracks this year.
2013 November 11
Woman Trapped Under MBTA Train (Dorchester, MA)
A woman in her 20s was trapped under a northbound red line train at the Shawmut Station at 1:25pm. Firefighters rescued her and took her to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
2013 November 10
Metro Red Line Train Kills Woman (Washington, DC)
A woman was struck and killed by a Metro red line train at the Silver Spring terminal at about 2pm.
2013 November 8
VTA Light Rail Train Hits Car (San Jose, CA)
A Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail train hit a car at North First Street and Skyport Drive at 9am. The two passengers of the car were injured and taken to the hospital.
2013 November 7
Four Vehicles Crash (Denver)
A four vehicle crash occurred at Welton and Park Avenue West before 2pm. A car was hit by a black SUV that led to one of the vehicles hitting a large postal truck and a RTD D-line light rail train, according to an incomplete ABC7 news story.
2013 November 7
Man Killed By MBTA Train (Worcester, MA)
A man was hit and killed by MBTA train P512 on the 800 block of Franklin Street near the EcoTarium after 7:30am. The man was about 30 years old and lived at the Eastview Apartments on Frank Street. The man waited for the train and then jumped in front of it. The train operator was not able to stop in time.
2013 November 5
TRAX Light Rail Hits Empty Train Car; Injures 3 (Midvale, UT)
The train lights went out when the rear car of a northbound UTA TRAX blue line decoupled and rolled to a stop near 8100 South and 100 East. The empty car sat for about 15 minutes before being hit by another northbound blue line train at 8:45pm. The second light rail operator saw the freestanding train car and applied at least one type of light rail brakes but could not stop in time. The UTA operator and the two train passengers were injured. The two passengers were taken to the hospital.
2013 November 5
Max Light Rail Hits Pedestrian (Portland, OR)
An eastbound Tri-Met Max light rail train hit and dragged a female pedestrian shortly before 7pm near SW 18th Avenue and Jefferson Street (before the Goose Hollow tunnel). A crew had to lift the train off of her with hydraulic jacks. She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
2013 November 1
Leaves Make Tracks Slippery (Fairfield County, CT)
New Haven trains report delays due to slip-slide rails from leaf residue.
2013 November 1
River Line Light Rail Hits Pickup Truck Knocked On Tracks (Delran, NJ)
A southbound NT Transit river line light rail train hit a pickup truck that had been pushed onto the Main Street crossing tracks by another car at 8am. Authorities didn't know how many people were injured or if the operator applied brakes.
2013 November 1
Alligator Carried On L; Left At O'Hare (Chicago)
A woman boarded a blue line L train at Pulaski at 1:17am, carried a two-foot long alligator, according to security camera video. The video was checked after the alligator was found under an escalator at O'Hare Airport baggage claim 3.
2013 October 31
Conservative Internet Host Arrested At Light Rail Station (St. Louis, MO)
Kenneth Suitter, a conservative internet-radio host was arrested at the MetroLink Henley Road light rail station. Suitter says he was arrested for using his cell phone to video his transit, which is allowed. Even though his video does not show what led up to his confrontation with security, the video shows that he was arrested for not leaving when asked to leave and failure to provide ID when requested by police. On November 4th, Metro Transit said Suitter was putting his cell phone in customers' faces for 14 minutes prior to his YouTube video (Fox2now St. Louis says the 30,000 hit video is viral). Another type of fight was on a MetroLink train the next day.
2013 October 28
Woman Injured By Light Rail Station Gunfire (Seattle, WA)
A woman was hit by gunfire debris while waiting for a Sound Transit Central Link light rail train at 5:20pm at the Othello Station (Martin Luther King Jr. Way & South Myrtle Street). Her small child, waiting with her, was not injured.
2013 October 24
Power Outage Stops Entire Metro Valley Light Rail (Phoenix)
At 1:15pm, a power outage stopped the Metro Valley Phoenix-Mesa-Tempe light rail system. The system began functioning again after 45 minutes.
2013 October 23
Woman Run Over By Light Rail Train (Sacramento)
A northbound blue line RT light rail train running on 12th Street ran over a woman near North C Street at 7:45pm. The train operator saw the woman, applied some level of brakes, sounded the horn twice, but could not stop in time.
2013 October 23
Light Rail Catenary Power Lines Fall Down (St. Louis)
A red line MetroLink train was near the UMSL South station at 6am when the catenary lines that power the train collapsed. Passengers had to wait in the train for about an hour until MetroLink crew members were certain the power was off so they could safely leave the train.
2013 October 22
Woman Struck By Metro (Washington, DC)
A woman was hit by a Metro red line train in the Cleveland Park station at 1:20pm. She was transported to the hospital.
2013 October 21
Woman Robbed At Lynx Light Rail Station (Charlotte, NC)
A woman walking by the East-West Boulevard light rail station at 1821 Camden Road, when she was attacked. The mugger stole her purse, cell phone, and car key. Charlotte police have not released a description, so... be on the lookout for a mugger wearing a purse on a Lynx blue line train.
2013 October 20
Doors Open Between Stations (London)
With a baby carriage nearby, the doors of a 40 year old London Underground train opened while the train was traveling between stations.
2013 October 19
99 Injured When Commuter Train Slams Into Barricade (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
A Sarmiento line commuter train barreled over the iron hydraulic bumper at the Once station, wedging the train between the platform floor and ceiling. The back end of the bumper was driven deep into the train, and the bumper end was lifted up and jammed into the station turnstiles. At least 99 were injured in the 7:35am crash. Some passengers kicked out windows to free people from the wreck. An angry mob shouted "Asesino" (murderer) at the injured train operator, Julio Benitez. Officials found a hard disk from the cab surveillance camera in his backpack. A passenger, Jorge Ramirez, said the train missed one station, overshot several others (having to reverse to get back), before crashing into the Once station. "It seems to me he must have been asleep," Ramirez said. "This is all a tragedy. I saw people hurt, shouting, others thrown on the floor. The people in the first wagon ended up piled on top of each other." Five had broken bones. 52 people died in a similar crash in February 2012.
2013 October 18
Metro Operator Falls From Train; Train Moves On (Moscow)
Metro train operator, Aleksey Morozov, fell from a moving Metro train and died from his injuries. The train stopped at the Ryazansky Prospect station at 10:30pm using emergency brakes.
2013 October 18
Nation's Fifth Largest Train System On Strike (San Francisco)
BART workers are on strike again. They were on strike for five days in July until Governor Brown ordered a 60 day cooling off. BART workers recently made concessions on health benefits and pension contributions, and they tried to have unresolved issues arbitrated, but BART management was not willing to make a deal. [After a 4 day strike, an agreement was reached, including a 15.4% pay increase and bulletproof glass.]
2013 October 16
Light Rail T-Bones SUV (Phoenix)
A Valley Metro light rail train smashed into driver's side of a silver SUV at the intersection of Central and Roosevelt at 3pm. The injured SUV driver was taken to the hospital. The SUV passengers were only moderately injured. Light rail passengers had to force the train's door open to get out.
2013 October 14
Boy Struck By VTA Light Rail (San Jose, CA)
A young boy was hit by a southbound Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail train at the Gish Station at 7:30pm. He was rushed to the hospital. A man was hit by a southbound train at about the same spot on April 23, 2013.
2013 October 11
Teen Shot & Killed At TriMet Light Rail Station (Portland, OR)
15 year old Abukar Madey and 22 year old Lucio Alejandro Ramirez-Navarro were both shot at the Southeast 93rd and Holgate Avenue TriMet light rail station at about 11:50pm. Madey died on October 13th.
2013 October 11
7 Injured When Light Rail Hits Mini-Van (Cockeysville, MD)
On a dark and rainy morning in Maryland, a southbound Maryland Transit Administration light rail train struck a dark gray mini-van at the intersection of Warren and Beaver Dam roads at 6:42am. The driver of the van and six passengers on the train were injured in the crash and were transported to area hospitals. This is the same intersection where a garbage truck took out the catenary wires on August 18, 2013, and a train hit a car on January 5, 2013.
2013 October 9
Slow Light Rail Train Hits Truck Trailer (San Jose, CA)
A slow moving Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail train could not stop from hitting a semi-tractor trailer truck. The leisurely crash occurred at the multi-lane North First Street and Montague Expressway traffic light at about 9:30pm.
2013 October 7
Two Light Rail Trains Derail (Sydney)
A light rail train derailed at the Rozelle Bay station at 10:20pm. Another light rail train derailed at the Wentworth Park station at 10:40pm. Neither the government office of Transport for NSW nor the private operators Transdev knew what caused the separate derailments. Maybe it was millipedes again (9-3-2013). Maybe leaves (1-31-2013). The five passengers total between the two trams were uninjured. Five. And the Sydney Morning Herald said, "patronage on the light rail line has soared" since certain people can ride for free. Soared to five between two trains. Sydney light rail service has been suspended while the problems are studied.
2013 October 6
Train Crushes SUV, Killing Teen (Ravenna, Ohio)
Sierra Thornton, 15, was killed when the SUV she was driving was crushed by a train at a gate-less crossing near Prospect Street. Her father and four younger sisters (9, 10, 12, & 13) were in the SUV and were injured in the crash.
2013 October 2
Muni Light Rail Hits Car (San Francisco, CA)
Two people were injured when a N-Judah line Muni light rail train slammed into a car at Third and King streets. The crash occurred near AT&T Park at 10:28am at the same intersection as an October 17, 2012 crash.
2013 September 30
33 Injured By CTA Ghost Train (Chicago, IL)
A driverless, riderless blue line CTA train crashed into a train with 40 passengers at the Harlem Avenue station at 8am. Thirty-three people were transported to the hospital with injuries. The ghost train left the Forest Park rail yard and traveled a half-mile east (through the Forest Park station) to the Harlem station despite the following:
► friction brakes applied in rail yard
► two keys (cab door & controller-brake release)
► controller handle (dead man's switch) must be turned or the motor shuts off and the brakes are applied
► cab speed signal gives operator two seconds to slow down or it automatically applies the brakes
► interlock track switches should have prevented the inbound (to Chicago) traveling train from being on the outbound tracks (fail-safe trip mechanisms)
► video showed no operator in the out of service CTA train cab
What Chicago's CTA does not have is a Positive Train Control (PTC) system, advocated by Senator Dianne Feinstein and NTSB chair Deborah Hersman, which may have stopped the ghost train. But later on September 30th, Chicago released its dazzling designs for the Washington-Wabash CTA station.
2013 September 23
Random Light Rail Passenger Shot (San Francisco, CA)
Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, allegedly shot and killed Justin Valdez, 20, in an apparently random and unproked attack. Both were riding the Muni light rail train. Video showed Thephakaysone drawing his gun several times, unnoticed by other passengers. At 9:50pm, it showed him shooting Valdez in the back as Valdez exited the eastbound M-Ocean View line at Bright and Randolph streets. Justin Valdez was a sophomore at San Francisco State University, was a member of the water polo team, and was president of the environmental and AVID clubs.
2013 September 18
Man Beaten At Green Line Light Rail Terminal (Denver, CO)
A man, 23-year-old Gregory Michael Moscato, was robbed and beaten by five or more teenagers on a light rail train and ending at the Five Points Station at 9:30pm. Five Points is the northeast terminal for green D line RTD light rail trains, located at the intersection of East 30th Avenue and Downing Street. Surveillance video showed the victim on the ground while he was punched and kicked by his attackers. Twenty days after the attack, Denver Police acknowledged that they waited too long to share the surveillance video with the public. As of October 8th, Daishawn Matthews, 18, and two juvenile boys and one juvenile girl have been arrested. One of the attackers remains at large.
2013 September 18
Seven Dead, More Than 30 Injured in Light Rail & Bus Crash (Ottawa, Canada)
An at-grade crossing was the crash site of a westbound Via 51 light rail train and the double OC Transpo 76 bus, which left seven dead and at least 30 injured. Crash survivor Colleen Thomas told CBC News, "You just see the bodies. You see the twisted metal... the people... everyone running around. Just like the noise, people screaming, just like the impact of it is... I don't know... like I don't know how we're going to be able to get through this. We'll carry this with us for the rest of [our lives]."
2013 September 5
TriMet MAX Light Rail Kills Woman (Portland, OR)
Yvonne Osredkar (62) was walking on a marked crosswalk at Holladay Street NE & 7th Avenue NE when she was hit by a westbound TriMet MAX light rail train at 7:40am. Her body was dragged by the train before it came to a halt, pinning her between the train and the tracks. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. She may not have heard the train due to construction in the area. Osredkar had been an investigator for the Oregon Veterinary Examining Board.
2013 September 4
Light Rail Concrete Panels Drop On Truck (Aurora, CO)
The RTD Southeast Corridor construction along I-255 includes three-ton decorative concrete panels. Two fastened three-ton panels unfastened, dropping out of their brackets and smashing into a truck, injuring the driver. A residential neighbor near Yale Avenue told 7News the six-ton crash shook his whole house. SEMA Construction of Centennial, CO had other incidents of falling concrete panels and trucks operating at night with their lights off.
2013 September 3
Light Rail Train Crash Blamed On... Millipedes! (Perth, WA, Australia)
An empty southbound light rail train entered the Clarkson station and hit another southbound light rail train with passengers boarding. Was the train traveling too fast? Yes. Were brakes applied inadequately? Certainly. What's the crash being blamed on? Millipedes -- an armored infestation of Portuguese Millipedes. [Remember the Brisbane light rail train that launched itself into the station bathroom in January 2013? That crash was blamed on leaves. Meanwhile, the Perth CBD (Central Business District) has put two plywood light rail trains on the Hay Street Mall in protest of the government's plan to insert real trains on the narrow, brick pedestrian-shopping way.]
2013 September 2
Passengers Trapped On Train After Metro Hits Taxi (Newcastle, UK)
The 14 people on the Metro train were trapped for nearly an hour after the train hit a Blueline taxi at the Callerton Parkway crossing. The crossing has a history of crashes.
2013 August 31
Second Light Rail Train Hits Vehicle That Avoided First Train (Seattle)
A car (or van) was hit by a Sound Transit light rail train as it turned from Martin Luther King Jr Way to South Brandon Street. The vehicle's driver saw the southbound train and avoided it but was hit by the northbound train. No injuries were reported.
2013 August 30
Woman Hit By NJ Light Rail Train (Burlington, NJ)
A northbound River Line light rail train struck a woman at the intersection of Commerce Square Boulevard and Broad Street W near the Burlington South station at 9:15am. She was pinned under the train until emergency workers rescued her and sent her by Medivac helicopter to either the Fuld Medical Center or the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
2013 August 30
Metro Red Line Train Derails (Washington DC)
A six-car WMATA Metro train midnight derailment caused Friday morning rush hour delays. Train wheels from the fourth and fifth cars left the track near the Brentwood Postal Facility. As the train continued northbound, the train operator was unaware the derailed wheels were slicing through cables and damaging equipment. The operator stopped the train near Franklin Street. [The proposed WMATA purple line train is expected to cost $2.15 billion and will condemn 60 business properties & 53 residential properties including 22 homes in the Riverdale area.]
2013 August 26
Driver Killed After Light Rail Pole Crash (Tempe)
After a crash into a light rail catenary pole, bystanders pulled driver Cody Sangster and his brother out of their burning vehicle. Cody Sangster did not survive.
2013 August 26
Light Rail Train T-Bones Car (Sacramento)
A SacRT light rail train hit a car at the intersection of 12th and J streets at 9:30pm. The train crumpled the driver's side of the sedan and spun the car like a top. The woman driving the car was hospitalized.
2013 August 26
Michelob Golden Light Rail Train Crash With AC Van (Minneapolis)
A blue line Hiawatha light rail train, under the influence of Michelob Golden Light beer advertising, hit a white NAC Mechanical van at the intersection of 5th and 5th, downtown Minneapolis. The crash occurred at about 11:30am. A parking garage employee reported to the Star Tribune that the train operator, "Sounded the horn and attempted to slow down but was unable to avoid hitting the van. I see this all day long.” Tim Harlow of the Star Tribune later reported that of the 74 incidents since the blue line Hiawatha train started in 2005, 12% have occurred at 5th Street and 5th Avenue at-grade intersection in downtown Minneapolis.
2013 August 26
Traffic Lights Fail; Commuter Train Broadsides Car (Moscow)
suburban commuter train smashed into a white Chevrolet sedan, leaving
its driver in a coma. The traffic light at the rail crossing had failed.
(The rail signals were probably out too.) The train plucked the car from the line of traffic and hurtled it down
the tracks. [video]
2013 August 23
Gold Strikes Pedestrian (Rancho Cordova, CA)
The Sacramento RT Gold Line 507 light rail train was five minutes late when it struck and killed Michael Karr at Folsom Boulevard and Mather Field Road at 1:25pm. The 47 year old Karr should have taken the bus.
2013 August 22
Garbage Truck Takes Out The Light Rail (Cockeysville, MD)
A garbage truck hit the catenary wires powering light rail rails at Beaver Dam and Warren roads at about 4pm. Light Rail service was suspended between Hunt Valley and Timonium Road due to loss of power.
2013 August 22
Silver Bullet Light Rail Collision Leaves Injuries (Tempe, AZ)
A burgundy four door sedan was hit by the Valley Metro 1508 Coors Light advertising light rail train at N Price Road and Apache Boulevard at 11:35am. The silver bullet train pushed the car 100 feet before halting. Passengers of both vehicles, as well as the elderly driver of the car with head injuries, were taken to the hospital. Clearly the train was under the influence of alcohol.
2013 August 20
Man Dragged & Killed By Light Rail Train (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong)
Wong Chee-ming, 67, was crossing the tracks by Tin Wu Road at a pedestrian crosswalk, when he was hit by the 9am 761P light rail train. The train operator blew his horn but could not stop the train in time. Witnesses said the train was not traveling fast. Chee-ming was dragged 50 meters under the wheels. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
2013 August 19
Train Ran Over 37, Mob Beats Train Operator (Patna, Bihar, India)
After an express train ran over a crowd of people at the Dhamara Ghat station, killing 37, an angry mob beat the train operator and set fire to the train.
2013 August 18
Metro Orange Line Kills Volleyball Star (Arlington, VA)
George Mason University all-scholastic volleyball senior Patrick Sibley was struck and killed by an WMATA orange line Metro train. Sibley was hit by the train while walking the tracks between Ballston and East Falls Church at 2am. In 2013 the tall redhead led the team with 77 blocks and was second in service aces with 21.
2013 August 15
Boy's Feet Severed By Train (St. Paul, MN)
Nine year old Marshawn Kenneth Farr-Robinson had both his feet severed by a train after playing by the moving train and falling on the tracks. The gruesome injury occurred near Ivy Avenue and Farrington Street at about 5:55pm. The boy crawled ten yards from the tracks and asked the first adult on the scene to retrieve his shoes. According to MPR, "railroads are required by Minnesota law to 'build and maintain good and substantial fences on each side of all lines of its railroad.'"
2013 August 9
Pedestrian Caught By Light Rail Train (Houston)
MetroRail hit a pedestrian near Fannin Street and South Loop Freeway near the Reliant Arena at 7am. The pedestrian was sent to the hospital. MetroRail decided it wasn't Tweet worthy or couldn't figure out how to Tweet it in 140 characters. (The first sentence has 140 characters.)
2013 July 29
Trains Collide in Western Switzerland (Granges-près-Marnand, Vaud, Switzerland)
One train was leaving the Granges-près-Marnand station, and one was arriving at 7pm. The head-on collision resulted in 44 injuries with four in serious condition. One of the trains was operated by the French Réseau Express Régional. The other was operated by Swiss Federal Railways. [video]
2013 July 26
Pedestrian Killed By Light Rail (Mesa & Tempe, AZ)
A pedestrian was hit by a westbound Valley Metro light rail train near the Sycamore Drive and Main Street terminal in Mesa around 12:40pm. The upper half of the body was dragged two miles down the middle of Main Street (Apache Blvd) to the Apache substation in Tempe. The light rail operator didn't realize anything had happened. The two mile trail of body parts has been identified as 28-year-old Wade L. Stokley.
2013 July 24
79 Dead In 118mph Train Wreck (Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain)
A Renfe train took a 80km/h bend at 190km/h. The train derailed and broke apart against a concrete wall at 8:41pm. The crash killed at least 78 and injured more than 140. The train was not meant to be a high speed train. One of the two operators, Francisco Garzon, reportedly radioed, “I hope there are no dead, because this will fall on my conscience.” Garzon was charged with 79 counts of homicide. [crash video] European rail problem.
2013 July 22
Young Bicyclist Killed By Light Rail Train (Houston)
A young woman on a bicycle was struck and killed by the Metro 116 light rail train, running on Main Street with no curbs or barriers to separate trains from other traffic. The train hit her at Walker Street and dragged her body for 60 feet. Firefighters used heavy equipment to lift the train, but the young woman had already died. The victim was identified as Vivian Ziwei Guan, a New Zealander studying architecture at Rice University. She was described as enthusiastic, intelligent, and a joy to be around.
2013 July 22
More Powerful Than A Locomotive Crowd Pushes Train Off Woman (Tokyo)
A woman fell down the 8 inch gap between the JR Minami-Urawa Station platform and a light rail train. She was rescued by a crowd of people, who pushed the 32 ton train away from her. When she was freed, the crowd cheered.
2013 July 19
Light Rail Collides With Truck (Baltimore)
A noontime collision between a street-level MTA light rail train and a truck sent three to local hospitals with others planning to see their own doctors. The crash occurred downtown at N Howard and W Fayette Streets.
2013 July 13
19 Hospitalized After Muni Light Rail Train Slams Van (San Francisco)
A Muni T-line light rail train hit a white cargo van at the intersection of Third Street and Evans Avenue near the Evans campus of City College in the Bayview district. The van and T-line train were northbound on Third Street with the T-line train on the left and slightly behind the van (in its blind spot). (The T-line operates in the middle of Third Street at street-level.) The van turned left (west) on Evans and was hit by the T-line train at 1pm. The van was pushed across Evans and stuck a signal pole (with a Do Not Enter sign on it). The signal pole broke loose and shattered a window of the light rail train. Nineteen of the injured people were taken to the hospital, most of them to San Francisco General Hospital.
2013 June 17
Couple Stabbed & Pepper Sprayed At Light Rail Station (Denver)
A husband and wife were attacked at the Lamar Station in suburban Lakewood. The attackers stabbed the woman and pepper sprayed the man at 2am. Police are looking for the attackers.
2013 June 15
SUV Rolls Over & Catches Fire, After Hit By PAT Light Rail (Pittsburgh, PA)
A Port Authority of Allegheny County red line light rail train smashed into a white Jeep Cherokee sports utility vehicle at about 5:06pm, flipping the SUV which then caught on fire. The SUV driver suffered back and neck injuries. A light rail train passenger was taken to the hospital due to a heart problem. The crash occurred near Hillsdale Avenue in Dormont.
2013 June 8
Bicyclist Killed By VTA Light Rail Train (San Jose, CA)
An unidentified bicyclist was hit and killed by a northbound VTA Winchester-Mountain View light rail train near the intersection of Sunol Street and Auzerais Avenue at 5:45 pm.
2013 June 4
Light Rail Train Hit Pedestrian (Denver)
A man was hit and injured by a light rail train near 10th Avenue and Osage Street at 9:40pm. The man was bloodied from being dragged by the train.
2013 June 4
Crash Test of TRAX Light Rail Train (Draper, UT)
Federally mandated safety training caused UTA crews to rescue a victim from under a TRAX train on new tracks, which will open for crashes in August. So far in 2013, UTA has reported three crashes and one fatality. In 2012, UTA reported 22 crashes and one fatality. [Addressing the deficiencies, UTA has handed out flyers.]
2013 May 29
Harlem Elevated Train Derails (New York, NY)
The Number 1 Subway derailed off of the elevated tracks south of the 125th Street Station in Harlem at 5:50pm. The 400 passengers were stuck without air conditioning or electricity for over an hour, until two rescue trains arrived, allowing passengers to walk through the trains to the 125th Street Station. [video news]
2013 May 27
Boy Using Smartphone Falls Onto Tracks (Tokyo)
Japanese railway companies are asking people not to walk and use smartphones at the same time, after reporting a boy had fallen on to the tracks while using a smartphone. In 2011, eighteen people fell on the tracks in Japan while using a smartphone. In 2010, eleven smartphones and their owners fell.
2013 May 25
Dog Hit By RTD Light Rail Train, Loses Leg (Denver, CO)
Jesse, a six-month old puppy, was hit by a light rail train somewhere near Broadway and Mississippi. The border collie mix was taken to the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado where her injuries were treated and her mangled leg was amputated.
2013 May 20
Light Rail Derailment Injures 4, Freaks More (New Zealand)
“The freakiest experience ever” is how one passenger described a Tranz Metro light rail train derailment at 8:14am in Kaiwharawhara. The passenger told TVNZ, “It sort of felt like the train was just going from side to side. I was like 'is this an earthquake or something'?” Injuries were treated at the scene. The experience will remain freakiest until something freakier comes along.
2013 May 17
Two Metro-North Trains Collide & Derail, 70 Injured (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
One Metro train was headed to New Haven; the other was headed to New York. They collided and derailed in Bridgeport at 6:10pm. The intercom announced, “all the doctors up front.” Seventy injured passengers, several on stretchers were hauled away from the mangled wrecks in at least nine ambulances to two hospitals -- Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center (which reported taking 27 injured). Governor Malloy said five of the injured were in critical condition and one of the five was in “very critical” condition. Brian Alvarez described the wreckage to WTVR as “pretty graphic. I saw this one car and it was completely destroyed and they were pulling people out of the car. They were all bloody.” [A preliminary NTSB press conference said both trains were traveling at 70mph when they collided. Another NTSB report said Metro-North employees worked on that area of track in April 2013 and replaced a cracked joint bar. Cynthia Clarke broke her shoulder in the crash. Replacement of the aging catenary wiring increased from a $300 million estimate to nearly $1 billion today.]
2013 May 17
62 Injured in Light Rail Derailment (Hong Kong, China)
A light rail derailment has injured 62 people near Hang Mei Tsuen and Tong Fong Tsuen stations in Tin Shui Wai at 4pm. A female passenger told RTHK, "It was driving too fast," and said the train lost control on a curve at Ping Ha Road. "It was very chaotic inside the train, there was some blood," she said. Three people were taken to Tuen Mun Hospital. From the picture, the train was a single car train. The MTR Corporation, which runs the Yuen Long line, says the train had 150 passengers and was traveling three times the speed limit.
2013 May 16
Woman Hospitalized After VTA Light Rail Collision (San Jose)
A Valley Transportation Authority light rail train collided with a car near the Metro Airport station at North First Street and Metro Drive at 5pm. The driver of the car was injured and was taken to the Regional Medical Center.
2013 May 11
SUV Possible DUI In LRV T-bone (Phoenix)
Fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks (lost 2-4 to Philadelphia in overtime) and Arizona Rattlers (won 65-48 against Utah) games received a late hit from a gray 2003 Mercury SUV. The westbound SUV on Van Buren Street hit two arenas worth of light rail train passengers at 8:45pm riding along Central Avenue (the ASU Downtown Campus station). Four light rail passengers left by ambulance. The driver left on foot but was caught four blocks away. Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. James Holmes said the driver, Guadalupe Cobos, Jr. (38) was booked on DUI and leaving the scene of an injury collision.
2013 May 10
Lynx Light Rail Train Hits Pedestrian (Charlotte, NC)
A Lynx light rail train struck a pedestrian before 5:30pm. The mild-mannered pedestrian reportedly got up and walked away, but the WCNC report failed to mention any other details of the incident.
2013 May 9
Red Line L Train Derails, Passengers Evacuated (Chicago)
The last car of a southbound, red line CTA elevated train derailed near Armitage Avenue by Lincoln Park. About 60 passengers were evacuated; one was taken to the hospital. The Chicago Tribune pictures appear to show the new Bombardier 5000-series L cars. The new cars may have problems with the old tracks. On May 19th, the CTA will shut down the south red line (Cermak to 95th) for five months for the first major repairs since it was built 40 years ago.
2013 May 6
Man Killed By Light Rail Train (Edmonton, Alberta, CA)
A southbound Edmonton Transit Capitol Line light rail train hit and killed a pedestrian near Wayne Gretzky Drive and 120th Avenue (NE of Rexall Place) at about 5am. "The train was empty with the exception of the driver," one report said. "The train did stop as soon as possible," another report said.
2013 May 5
Light Rail & SUV Collide (Phoenix, AZ)
A white Range Rover SUV and a Valley Metro light rail train collided at 24th Street and Jefferson at 3:15am. The passenger of the SUV had leg injuries and had to be pulled from the vehicle. None of the 11 passengers of the train reported injuries. The SUV driver was arrested and faces DUI charges. [video]
2013 April 29
Cars Damage Tracks (St. Paul)
Cars drove on Fourth Street tracks, between Sibley and Jackson streets, damaging some cement track panels and switch machines. The damage was done late last week. It may have been discovered in connection with the towing of a light rail train along the line on Sunday. [Deborah Miller of Woodbury was charged on June 6th with $82,000 of equipment damage.]
2013 April 26
Light Rail Train Hits Car (Denver)
An RTD light rail train hit a silver sedan at about 4:30pm at 14th and Stout. Three light rail lines turn at that location, near the Colorado Convention Center. The front left quarter panel and hood of the car were crumpled. No injuries were reported. The riders of the D, E and H lines experienced delays because of the crash. Denver's new West (W) line boondoggle opened today and was not delayed by the downtown train crash. Originally said to cost $250 million, the W line ultimately cost $705 million; an after-study markup of $455 million. W was first expected to carry 29,100 passengers each weekday; the figure was downgraded to 19,300 riders and that includes some dirty transit tricks. RTD stopped six express buses.
2013 April 23
Light Rail Hits Man (San Jose, CA)
A man on North First Street near the Gish Station was hit and pulled under a southbound Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail train at 9:15pm. He was pulled out from under the train and rushed to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
2013 April 19
Light Rail Train Hits Van (Phoenix)
The collision between a light rail train and a van occurred on East Washington Street at the Interstate 10 underpass at about 6pm. No injuries were reported.
2013 April 17
Pedestrian Pinned and Killed By SacRT Light Rail Train (Sacramento)
A man crossing tracks to catch a train was hit, pinned, and killed by a Sacramento RT gold line light rail train. The incident occurred near the at-grade Power Inn Station at Folsom Blvd and Power Inn Road.
2013 April 12
Truck and Light Rail Train Collide (Camden, NJ)
Cars crumple like beer cans when they crash into each other. They are built with crumple zones to absorb energy between the two vehicles. Light rail trains don't crumple. All the energy of the impact is transferred to the car (as if it's 1950 all over again). Tractor-trailer trucks also don't crumple. So when a flatbed, tractor-trailer truck on Haddon Avenue crossed in front of a southbound light rail train at 4pm, the train couldn't stop and the truck didn't crumple. The front-right headlight corner of the truck broke, absorbing little of the impact of the collision. Three train passengers were injured.
2013 April 12
Streetcar Barrels Into Accident Scene (San Francisco)
Cable Cars Average An Accident A Month (San Francisco)
A four car accident on Market Street near Sanchez was compounded by a San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar that rear-ended one of the cars at 10:20am. The streetcar was unable to stop in time.San Francisco's other street-rail vehicles, the cable cars, have also been making crash and injury news. "Cable cars average about an accident a month and routinely rank among the most accident-prone mass transportation modes in the country (per vehicle mile traveled annually), according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Over the last 10 years, city officials have reported 126 accidents injuring 151 people... City officials acknowledge that the open air cable cars, which ply only eight miles of track, produce a disproportionate amount of accident-related costs. But they say the cars are a much beloved and valuable part of the city's life and character." San Francisco annually pays $12 million to settle its transportation injury claims. [In May, the San Francisco light rail trains were on-time almost half the time and break down about once a month.]
2013 April 11
Icy Wires Closes Hiawatha Light Rail (Minneapolis)
Ice on the catenary wires closed the Hiawatha light rail line, keeping the train from running Thursday.
2013 April 10
Light Rail Train Killed Cyclist (Folsom, CA)
An outbound gold line light rail train hit and killed a bicyclist in Folsom (near Sacramento), at Folsom Boulevard and Parkshore Drive at 3:40pm.
2013 April 9
Woman Hit And Pinned By Light Rail, Woke In Hospital After 1 1/2 Days (Tempe, AZ)
Pedestrian Shannon Pogue was hit and run over by a light rail train at the Smith Martin-Apache light rail station, near Apache Boulevard and Smith Road around 11am. Firefighters and police struggled to free Shannon, who was trapped between the train and the rails and was suffering a serious head wound. Removal of the train's front bumper helped them to free her. She woke up in the hospital a day and a half later with a broken right wrist, extensive facial bruising, her mouth cut open, and a dozen stapes holding closed the back of her head.
2013 April 8
Light Rail Train Hit Pedestrian (Seattle, WA)
A southbound Sound Transit train hit a pedestrian, Dwayne Heier, near the Rainier Beach station at 5pm. Heier (in his 50s) was unconscious, but his heart was beating. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.The Seattle Times reported the conductor hit the emergency brakes and stopped as quick as he could, but Heier was hit and landed some distance away.
2013 April 7
Red Line Metro Train Derails... Mysteriously (Washington, DC)
A red line Metro train derailed between the NoMa-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue stations at 6:45pm. No injuries were reported.
2013 April 4
Gold Line Light Rail Train Derails... Mysteriously (Sacramento)
The front car of an at-grade gold line SacRT light rail train derailed along Sunrise Boulevard at13th and Q streets at 7:43am. The passengers chorused, "Oh, my God!" No injures were reported.
2013 April 3
METRORail Strikes Again (Houston)
A burgundy Ford SUV was hit by a southbound light rail train at Main Street and Remington Lane at 1pm. Two passengers of the SUV were injured and taken to the hospital. Six train passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
2013 April 2
Light Rail Train Fight on Video (Sacramento)
Light rail is free. It's an honor system that many don't honor. Nothing is at risk, if you are kicked off something you didn't have to pay for. People do not have to be on their best behavior. Fights happen. Sometimes they are recorded and posted to YouTube, like this nighttime SacRT light rail train fight where a man intervenes in a domestic dispute.
2013 March 23
Hiawatha Light Rail Pushes Car One Block, Kills Driver (Minneapolis, MN)
A northbound Hiawatha light rail train hit a westbound car on East 26th Street at 6:30pm. The train pushed and crushed the driver's side of the white four-door sedan for 600 feet (two football fields) before coming to halt. A fire burned in and around the car. The car's driver, 49 year old Francisco Antonio Sanchez-Andrade, died at the scene, in front of the Metro Transit rail technical support center. One passenger described the impact as, “We didn’t even feel it, that’s how soft it was,” almost as if brakes were not applied.
2013 March 18
Car Slid Into Hiawatha Train Car (Minneapolis, MN)
Icy conditions on 42nd Street South caused a car to slide into the side of a Hiawatha light rail train at 1:30pm. The motorist left the scene but called at 2pm.
2013 March 13
Bicyclist Killed By TRAX (South Salt Lake, UT)
A male bicyclist was killed by a light rail train near 4100 South and 200 West at about 5pm. The bicyclist was later identified -- by his fingerprints -- as 27 year old Brandon G. Robinson. Officials guess that he saw one train but not another. The two trains were traveling at 55mph.
2013 March 11
Motorcyclist Hit By Light Rail (Midvale, UT)
Start seeing motorcycles. A red line TRAX light rail train hit a 62 year old motorcyclist at 7720 South and 58 West around 5pm. The victim was rushed to Intermountain Medical Center in serious condition.
2013 March 11
Woman Hit And Killed By Light Rail Train (Rancho Cordova, CA)
A 47 year old woman walking her bicycle was struck and killed at 6:40am by a westbound, gold line RT light rail train. The woman died on Folsom Boulevard near Mercantile Drive, just east of the Sunrise station.
2013 March 8
Light Rail System Closed For Repairs (Oceanside, CA)
The North County Transit District - Sprinter light rail trains are stopped for braking system repairs for at least two months and possibly as long as four months. Accelerated wear patterns were found on rotors in the central disc braking system. NCTD cancelled their five year anniversary plans for March 9th, due to the closure. Some are speculating the problem stem from a lack of oversight.
2013 March 7
Downtown Light Rail Power Lines Fall (Minneapolis)
A cable malfunction caused a construction crane to drop on the Hiawatha light rail power lines, causing the power lines to fall. Light rail train service was interrupted for hours.
2013 March 6
Man Hit By Light Rail Train In Critical Condition (Denver)
A male pedestrian was hit by a southbound RTD light rail train at the 10th Avenue and Osage Street station in the Denver's Lincoln Park neighborhood at roughly 4:50am. The train operator "hit the brakes" and struck the pedestrian. It was not reported whether the operator used only the standard brakes or if emergency or track brakes were applied.
2013 March 4
Sound Transit Light Rail Train Hits Car (Tacoma)
A Sound Transit light rail train hit a blue Buick at the intersection of 13th and Commerce streets at about 3pm. No injuries were reported.
2013 February 28
'Barely Moving' Light Rail Train Hits Car (Mesa, AZ)
A barely moving light rail train couldn't stop from hitting a car at Main and Dobson Road and pushing it into a second car at about 4:30pm.
2013 February 28
Muni Light Rail Train Hits Pedestrian (San Francisco)
A pedestrian was hit by a Muni light rail train at 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra soon after 3pm. The 25 year old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition. "Muni" makes it sound small, and "light" rail makes it sound light, but the train probably didn't feel small or light.
2013 February 22
Hiawatha Line LRT Collides With Car (Minneapolis)
A south-bound Hiawatha Line light rail train collided with a car near the Hennepin County Government Center around 8:45am. There were no injuries.
2013 February 22
Stuck Car Blocks TRAX Tracks (West Valley City, UT)
UTA TRAX green line light rail trains were blocked in both directions by a car perched on a median between the tracks. The design-flaw delay interrupted morning transit for about 45 minutes.
2013 February 20
Missing Woman Hit, Dragged By Light Rail Train (Sacramento, CA)
Alice Alspektor, 66, was hit, sucked under, and dragged by a blue line SacRT light rail train approaching the I-80 - Watt Avenue station at 6:30pm.
2013 February 19
TRAX Light Rail Train Pushes SUV 100 Feet (Murray, UT)
A silver SUV was hit by a red line TRAX light rail train at 5900 South and 300 West, pushing the SUV more than 100 feet and injuring the driver. The injured SUV driver "had a huge gouge from his forehead all the way to the back, so the skin was open," according to another driver talking to KSL News. That other driver and the train conductor honked at the SUV before the crash. This is the fifth Utah Transit Authority (UTA) collision this year (3 vehicles, 2 pedestrians). UTA TRAX had 31 for 2012 with 5 fatalities.
2013 February 15-18
Flawed Light Rail Junction Closed For Repairs (Los Angeles, CA)
The busiest light rail junction in Los Angeles County closes for repairs this weekend. The tracks at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street were too wide, causing jarring and the potential for derailment. The junction had five temporary repairs done between September 2010 and June 2012. Repairs may include increasing the width of the diamond and changing its (frog) alignment in addition to decrease the track width. (AREMA and the FRA have no standards for embedded tracks or light rail. The LA Metro is on their own.)
2013 February 6
50MPH TRAX Light Rail Train Hits Car, Kills Man (South Salt Lake, UT)
TRAX light rail train hit and killed 57-year-old Larry Aullman of Salt
Lake City at 10:22am. Aullman was driving his gray car westbound through
the 200 West on 2950 South crossing when the northbound TRAX train,
traveling between 45 and 50 mph, hit the car and dragged it 120 feet. A
passenger of the train reached in and talked to the driver, so he knew
someone was with him. He died at the hospital Wednesday afternoon.This
was the first TRAX death of 2013. In 2012, five people were killed by
2013 January 31
What Caused A Light Rail Train Crash? Leaves! (Cleveland, Australia)
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Train Leaves Track For Bathroom Stop
The crash of the T842 light rail train into a suburban Brisbane station toilet could not have been caused by a failure of the train operator to brake. Investigators from Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) found the crash site contaminated with leaves: leaf residue, leaf oils, woody particles, and iron oxide. Seventeen passengers were on the train as well as the driver and a guard. Three people were on the platform, and five were in the station. At least one person had just left the dunny (bathroom) before the train entered it at 9:40am. (Preliminary ATSB report) [In September 2013, a Perth crash was blamed on millipedes.]
2013 January 30
Hundreds Stranded On Trains For Hours In Dark After Anacostia Metro Fire (Washington DC)
As Washington DC struggles to maintain its aging WMATA Metro system, a minor incident revealed the chaos. A smoking insulator sparked on the green line's third rail, near the Anacostia Metro station causing an electrical malfunction. WMATA officials then issued conflicting announcements and cut power to active trains, stranding multiple crowded trains in tunnels without power (or light). Passengers broke windows, urinated, vomited, and passed out. Some left the trains to walk the tunnels. No fatalities were reported.
2013 January 26
Man Killed By Light Rail Train (Sacramento)
A man walking between two SacRT light rail train cars was hit and killed near the Madison and Arcade station at 8:30am.
2013 January 22
Hiawatha Light Rail Train And Truck Collide (Minneapolis, MN)
A commercial truck and a blue line train collided at Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. The crash occurred at 1:35pm. The train was empty at the time. The crash disrupted train service for an hour. A passenger of the Minneapolis School District delivery truck walked to an ambulance and was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
2013 January 21
Car And Light Rail Train Crash Injuring 3 Or 4 (Jersey City, NJ)
A Hudson-Bergen light rail train hit a car in Jersey City at about 7:20pm on Warren Street near Essex Street. Three train passengers sustained minor injuries, but four people were transported to area hospitals. The driver of the car, its sole occupant, was uninjured.
2013 January 21
Car Waits For Northbound Train, Hit By Southbound Train (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
A northbound car on 111th Street in south Edmonton, attempted to turn west (left) on 34th Avenue. The driver waited to cross the intersection until a northbound ETS light rail train cleared the crossing. The driver proceeded into the crossing and was then hit by a southbound ETS light rail train.
2013 January 18
Light Pole Injured By Light Rail - Car Crash (Sacramento)
A light rail train hit a car at North 12th Street and Sproule Ave, near the railyard, at 8am. Light pole was knocked down, but there were no other injuries reported. This crash occurred near the November 17, 2012 crash site at 12th and B streets. (KCRA news video)
2013 January 15
Light Rail and SUV Collide (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
A westbound downtown C-Train and an SUV collided at the intersection of Macleod Trail and Seventh Avenue at 6pm. The crash injured the female passenger of the SUV. "She screamed for about 30 seconds and then stopped," a witness described.
2013 January 15
Woman Steals Train, Slams It Into Apt Building (Stockholm, Sweden)
A woman suffered severe injuries after stealing a light rail train and driving it straight into an apartment building in Stockholm, Sweden. The 20-year-old cleaning woman sped the commuter train fast enough that the train continued for nearly 100 feet off-rail before it smashed into a three-story apartment building where three families were asleep.
2013 January 14
NYC Subway Union: "Slow Down When Entering Stations" (New York, NY)
After two recent deaths of people pushed in front of trains, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 has been distributing flyers recommending train operators slow down (10mph limit) and honk the horn when entering stations. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority opposes speed changes. The radio code "Command Center 12-9..." (a person is under the train) is too common in New York. In 2012, 55 people died after being hit by NYC subway trains. It was 47 deaths in 2011. Others are critically injured, like a man who jumped in front of a Brooklyn Q train on January 11th.
2013 January 9
O-Train Killed Pedestrian (Ottawa, Ontario)
An Ottawa light rail O-Train struck and killed a person who was on the tracks at approximately 7:20pm. Ottawa police and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada were called to investigate.
2013 January 9
Luas Tram Hits Pedestrian (Dublin, Ireland)
A pedestrian was struck and injured by a Luas light rail train at Benburb Street at 11am.
2013 January 9
Luas Tram Hits Car (Dublin, Ireland)
A Luas red line light rail train hit a car at the intersection of O’Connell and Abbey streets at 10am. The light rail train operator and the four occupants of the car were taken to the hospital. This is the same intersection as the September 16, 2009 crash that injured 21.
2013 January 5
Light Rail Train Crushes Car in Cockeysville (Baltimore)
A northbound Maryland MTA light rail train crushed a burgundy Ford car at the intersection of Beaver Dam and Warren roads, Saturday morning in Cockeysville near Timonium, Maryland. The driver of the car climbed from the vehicle unharmed and said the sun prevented him from seeing the train and the flashing lights.
2013 January 4
Hiawatha Light Rail Train Hits Vehicle (Bloomington, MN)
A Hiawatha Line - Metro Transit light rail train hit a vehicle at 7:39 a.m. near American Blvd in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. No details were reported.
2012 December 31 - 2013 January 1
Man Dies From Light Rail Injuries (Sacramento)
An 89-year-old man driving a white car made a left turn at Del Paso Boulevard and was hit by a southbound blue line, light rail train. The train pushed the car, crumpling the driver's door, until both vehicles came to a stop. People nearby rushed to help free the elderly man trapped in his car. The crash occurred after 3:30pm on Monday, December 31st. The man died from his injuries on Tuesday, January 1st. This death might have been averted by front-corner bumpers recommended in the 2009 FTA study FTA-CA-26-7007.2010.1.
2012 December 26
Woman Robbed on Hiawatha Line While Having Seizure (Minneapolis, MN)
A 25 year old woman riding on the Minneapolis Hiawatha light rail train had a seizure near the Lake Street Station. Three young men stole her bag and cell phone.
2012 December 21
Light Rail Train Hits and Kills Man (Sacramento)
Samuel Torres, 77, was hit and killed by a street-level light rail train at the intersection of 14th and R streets in downtown Sacramento. The victim had been missing from his senior community home for three days.
2012 December 21
Light Rail Train Hits Car, Injures Driver (Denver)
A car and RTD light rail train collided, injuring the driver of the car. The crash occurred at 8:12am at West Colfax Avenue and Kalamath Street, near the Colorado Convention Center.
2012 December 15
Light Rail Train Hits Man In The Head (Seattle)
A Sound Transit light rail train hit and dragged a pedestrian on the 4800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way near the Columbia Station. The man suffered multiple injuries to the face and head. This is why freight trains fence off tracks from pedestrian traffic.
2012 December 11
Bleeding Man Found Near Light Rail Tracks (Denver, CO)
The light rail train operator reported being unsure whether he hit something, after a bloodied man was found near the tracks at 6th and Mariposa. The train operator later told the police, “Clearly I hit a pedestrian. I heard the impact. But when I got out to look around, [I] couldn’t find the pedestrian; quite simply because he walked away."
2012 December 8
Light Rail Train Hits Bicyclist (Sacramento)
A light rail train hit a bicyclist at the crossing between Q and R streets and 15th Street. It is unclear whether the train was arriving at or departing from the 16th Street Station. The bicyclist was injured in the leg.
2012 December 4
Dim Warning Lights Blamed On Train Killing 4 Year Old (Nottinghamshire, England)
Four year old Emma Lifsey was being driven by her grandmother when they were hit by a 60 mph Network Rail train at the Beech Hill Crossing. Emma died in the hospital. The grandmother survived, telling the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) she "only noticed the lights and barriers when she was very close to the crossing." The RAIB tested the red warning lights (wig-wags) and reported they were obsolete and the 36Watt lights could not be seen against bright sunlight. The RAIB also reported the crossing barriers were not conspicuous against the background, and Network Rail had no procedures for checking existing wig-wags met their specification. The 1969 specifications said the lights should have a brightness of 500 cd (circular dichroism). The wig-wag signals on the north side of the Beech Hill Crossing had luminous intensities of between 101 cd and 222 cd.
2012 December 2
Hummer Knocks Out Multiple Light Rail Lines (Portland)
Crashing into a support pole on the west side of the Steel Bridge, a Hummer knocked out electrical service to the blue, red, green, and yellow line trains. Blue and red line trains resumed after a few hours. Green and yellow shifted to blue and red tracks where they are expected to operate for the next few days.
2012 November 27
Man Mangled By Light Rail (Sacramento)
A man was sandwiched and killed between the first two cars of a blue line light rail train on Del Paso Blvd at Globe Av in northern Sacramento. His body was found when the train pulled into the Arden Way station.
2012 November 17
Your Horn Works, Now Try Your Brakes (Sacramento, CA)
A slow moving light rail train honked its horn at a Blue Diamond almonds semi-truck before plowing into the truck. The 25 mph northbound blue line train hit the second trailer of the truck at the intersection of north 12th and B streets at 5:50pm. Eleven people were injured and three hospitalized; one of the three was the train operator due to the nose of the train running under the truck, putting the truck through the train's windshield. The traffic lights may not have been timed long enough to allow a big rig to clear the intersection before the train entered it. If a train traveling at 25 mph takes 200 feet to stop in an area reported to have short visibility ("a block away") and no crossing gates, the train should have a slower speed limit in that area (Amtrak trains have 15 mph areas, L trains have 10 mph areas).
2012 November 16
Woman Pushing Wheelchair Killed By Light Rail Train (Sacramento)
A woman was pushing a man in a wheelchair through the intersection at 19th and R streets. Trying to cross the light rail tracks, he fell out of the chair (did the wheel get stuck in the tracks?), and she was hit and killed by the 5:30am northbound light rail train. (This is similar to the October 9, 2011 death of a Riverside woman pushing a stroller. AREMA and the FRA have no standards for embedded tracks or light rail.)
2012 November 15
Train Smashes Veterans' Parade Float; Kills 4, Injures 16 (Midland, TX)
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan riding a parade float flatbed truck adorned by American flags and personalized signs were hit by an eastbound Union Pacific train at 4:35pm. Two veterans died at the scene. Two died at the hospital. Sixteen others were injured. [NTSB report]
2012 November 13
BMW Knocks Out Light Rail Service (Portland, OR)
A Vancouver driver of a black BMW launched off the U.S. 26 (westbound) ramp to Highway 217, through a pine tree, through the wires of the MAX light rail, and crashed down onto the light rail tracks near the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton. The BMW stopped MAX service for 16 hours. That guy must really hate light rail.
2012 November 5
Metro Light Rail Hits Pickup (Houston)
A pickup truck was T-boned by Houston's Metro light rail train at the intersection of Bell and Main.The pickup truck was pushed more than 30 yards along the train tracks.
2012 November 2
Car Hit While Making U-Turn Across Light Rail Tracks; Train Operator Hits Brakes (Phoenix)
An 18 year old driver made a U-Turn on Central Avenue near Virginia Avenue in Phoenix when he was hit by a southbound light rail train. The weird part of the story is that the train operator hit the emergency brake, slowing the train enough to hit the back left door of the car instead of the driver's door, allowing the driver to be uninjured. Two passengers on the train sustained minor injuries. Again, the train operator is reported actually using the emergency brakes. Good job.
2012 October 25
TRAX Light Rail Hits Car, Injured Woman Pulled From Wreck (Salt Lake City)
An eastbound light rail train running along W South Temple hit a car northbound on N 300 West. The crash occurred at 6:15am at the street-level intersection with no crossing gates. The injured driver was extricated from her wrecked car and sent to the hospital. "Trains can’t swerve and cannot quickly come to a stop," Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter told Bob Mims at the Salt Lake Tribune.
2012 October 24
One Dead After Green Line Light Rail Fight (Dallas, TX)
A fight, that started on a southbound DART green line light rail train, ended at the Lake June Station with Keith Edwards stabbing Samuel Riley Anderson in the neck with a piece of glass. Edwards was arrested on October 29th. He was convicted of manslaughter on August 16, 2013 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
2012 October 17
Muni Light Rail Train Hits Pickup Truck, Injures 1 (San Francisco)
A San Francisco Municipal (Muni makes it sound so small and cute) light rail train crash into a pickup truck crossing its path, injuring one passenger on the train. The collision occurred near AT&T Park at 7:25am when the pickup turned left from King Street onto Third Street, crossing the street-level path of the Muni T-Third train.
2012 October 13-14
Dead Drunk Zombies Fight On Light Rail Ride (Minneapolis, MN)
Video captured the dead fighting the dead and the undead while catching a free ride on the Hiawatha light rail line. Beth Houston of Burnsville was one of several witnesses recording the brawl at 1am. "I've never, ever seen an officer or security on that train. I've never been asked to see if I'd paid and had a ticket. Ever," Houston said. Another woman reported being hit in the face in a fight at 3am. [video]
2012 October 10
Light Rail Train Hits Yeast Truck (Portland, OR)
A TriMet Max light rail train and a truck carrying yeast crashed at the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and Knott Street at 12:30pm. A light rail passenger said the train operator tried to brake to avoid hitting the truck but could not stop in time.
2012 October 10
Light Rail Stopped Due to Window Washer Rope (Portland, OR)
Window washers working on a building in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood dropped a rope, at about 10:15am, which became entangled in the contact wires which then destroyed the pantograph (the electrical guide arm at the top of the train). TriMet Max Blue and Red Line trains were shut down for several hours.
2012 October 7
Transient Stabbed at Light Rail Station (Phoenix)
The light rail station at 7th Avenue and Camelback Road was the scene of a light rail injury having nothing to do with braking systems or at-grade street implementations of light rail. One transient stabbed another. They may have been arguing about unsafe implementations or unsafe practices of light rail systems; the report didn't give the details.
2012 October 4
Car Disrupted TransitTracker Scheduled for Repair (Portland, OR)
A single-car crash at the Rose Quarter Transit Center damaged the TriMet TransitTracker that gives riders up-to-date schedules by cellphone. Repair parts are no longer available. Installing a brand new version is expected to take weeks.
2012 September 28
Elderly Woman Unconscious After Being Hit By Light Rail (Seattle, WA)
An 86 year old woman was hit by a Sound Transit light rail train at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Graham Street. She suffered critical injuries with severe head trauma. This was the twelfth Sound Transit light rail accident involving a pedestrian since the start of 2010.
2012 September 18
Light Rail Crash Sends Ten to Hospitals (Houston, TX)
A woman driving eastbound on Cambridge St. was attempting to clear the way for an ambulance, when the northbound Metro light rail train (street-level) collided with her vehicle. The crash occurred at 9:30am at Fannin St. near the Texas Medical Center. Ten people were taken to local hospitals. It is not known if the light rail train had a red light due to the ambulance or if the ambulance or the Texas Medical Center facilitated those injured.
2012 September 10
Luas Tram Hits The Trash (Dublin, Ireland)
A Luas red line light rail train hit a garbage truck at Benburb Street and Temple Street West at 7:35am Dublin time. The force of the collision knocked the tram off the tracks and caused the garbage truck to spin around and throw the driver onto the road. Six people, including both drivers, were taken to the Mater Hospital.
2012 September 8
Pickup Truck Flips Off Road, Lands on Light Rail Tracks (Charlotte, NC)
A pickup truck flipped off South Boulevard at the Scaleybark light rail station near Clanton Road at 2am. The driver was cut from the vehicle and taken to the hospital. The Scaleybark station had another crash at 2am on July 25, 2012.
2012 August 30
One Dead, Four Injured at Light Rail Crash (Long Beach, CA)
A Metro Blue Line train hit a 4-door sedan at the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and 19th St. at 8:20 pm Thursday. The 26 year old driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Three light rail passengers were taken to the hospital; one was treated at the scene.
2012 August 27
Metro Light Rail and Metro Bus Crash Injures 48 or 32 (Los Angeles, CA)
A Metro Blue Line light rail train hit the rear corner of a Metro 51 bus at Washington Blvd. and San Pedro St. at 6:58am. The collision pushed the bus into a traffic signal pole. One report said 48 were injured, mostly on the light rail train. Another report said 32 people were injured: 29 on the light rail train and 3 on the bus.
2012 August 15
Woman Dead, Husband Hospitalized After Light Rail Crash (Murray, Utah)
A TRAX light rail train crashed into a maroon Honda CRV, killing the driver 72-year old Lorna Boguslawski and hospitalizing her husband 73-year old Karron Boguslawski. The car was dragged between the train and concrete barrier blocks for 100 yards before the train could stop. The suburban Salt Lake City traffic lights for the southbound intersection of S 300 West at E 5900 South were a green arrow for straight (south) and a red arrow for left turns (east). The Honda CRV took a left, hit a railroad crossing arm (not shown in Google street view), and was hit by the southbound TRAX train, which presumably did not have life-saving front corner bumpers recommended in this 2009 FTA study.
2012 August 14
Light Rail Crashes Into BWI Airport; Injures 22 (Baltimore, MD)
The light rail train operator "blacked out" when arriving at the Baltimore-Washington International airport, causing the train to crash into a steel safety barricade. The crash injured 22 passengers on the train and damaged the roof of the terminal.
2012 August 9
Bicyclist hit by light rail (Hoboken)
Bicyclist suffered leg and head injuries after being hit by the New Jersey Transit light rail train at the Patterson Avenue street-level intersection in Hoboken. A man rode his bike around a southbound train but was struck by a northbound train. The light rail train was operating at low speed but could not stop in time to avoid hitting the bicyclist.
2012 July 25
Vehicles crash and bend track (Charlotte)
A taxi and another vehicle hit at Scaleybark and Woodlawn, south of the Scaleybark light rail station, and somehow bent the blue line light rail track at 2 am. The cab was thought to be following the other vehicle and was sideswiped, Charlotte police said.
2012 July 13
Light rail hits vehicle; schedules delayed 20 min. (Phoenix)
A light rail train hit a vehicle crossing the intersection of Camelback Road and 11th Avenue. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the vehicle was towed from the tracks. Metro trains were delayed by 20 minutes.
2012 July 3
Dog Hit By Light Rail; Dragged Quarter Mile (Aurora, CO)
A Denver FasTracks light rail train hit a dog at the Dayton Street station, then dragged it a quarter mile, mangling its body. To avoid negative impact on FasTracks, the dog was named Amtrack. After $1,600 of surgery from Dr. Nicole Bartley at the Aurora Animal Shelter, it is expected the live, despite being skittish and blind in the left eye.
2012 July 3
Test driver crashes into light rail train (Charlotte)
With the Drive Time car dealer in the passenger seat, a test driver of a used-but-in-great-condition, bronze Chevy HHR (car+suv+van) crossed the intersection at South Blvd and East Hebron Street and was hit by a Lynx light rail train. No fatalities. [video]
2012 June 30
Light rail gate pole involved in fatal accident (East St. Louis)
A stolen Chevy Malibu crashed into a light rail gate support pole near the Washington Park MetroLink station, killing the driver. A tattooed cross covered his back.
2012 June 26
Man Late For Interview Due To Rescuing Baby from Tracks (New York City)
The wind blew a mother's stroller off the train platform and onto the tracks. A fast approaching J train barreled down toward the injured baby still strapped (trapped!) in its stroller. Mr. Delroy Simmonds jumped down to the elevated tracks. He hoisted the baby and stroller back up to the platform. The train's horn blew. Simmonds climbed back off the tracks as the train lurched into the station.
2012 June 24
Cable from light rail dangles into traffic (Charlotte)
A cable conduit broke off a light rail overpass and rained metal brackets down on Woodlawn Road. NewsChannel 36 Charlotte counted "17 metal brackets missing from the overpass above the
low-hanging conduit. Several other brackets were broken loose. Each
bracket was as big as a man’s hand, and weighed several pounds."
2012 June 17
Video shows SUV crash (Charlotte)
The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) released a video of a Lynx light rail train hitting a white SUV at the intersection of South Boulevard and Remount Road. The video shows the front of the train looking forward, as well as the front of the train looking backwards.The video does not show how quickly the traffic lights switched for the train or the speed of the SUV.
Officials said the SUV driver was trying to beat the railroad crossing arm for the light rail rail when it smashed into her vehicle. It took a crew of 14 firefighters 12 minutes to free the victim from her car.
This is the seventh accident occurring in the same at-grade area since the system opened in November 2007. This is the same intersection as the April 25, 2012 accident that injured six.
2012 June 13
3 Hurt in Collision Between Car, Light Rail Train (Denver)
Three people were injured in a collision between a Chevy Malibu and a light rail train near the University of Colorado, Auraria Campus on Wednesday afternoon. The Chevy Malibu was traveling north on Speer Boulevard just before 2 pm, the traffic light changed for the train, the car ran the red light, and
struck the front corner of a light rail train that was eastbound along
2012 June 12
22 Accidents, 6 Fatalities for Southern California's Blue Line This Year (Los Angeles)
A Blue Line train struck and killed 16 year-old Luis Manuel Martinez, Jr. while he walked the street-level tracks in Willowbrook.
2012 June 11
Two Killed In Separate NYC Subway Incidents (New York City)
A man on the M Station tracks in Brooklyn was hit and killed by the 8:16pm Q train. Another man on the tracks near the167th Street Station in The Bronx was hit and killed by a southbound D train less than an hour later.
2012 June 1
Light rail train slices open semi hauling Mountain Dew (Seattle)
A mountain of Mountain Dew spilled Friday in South Seattle as a light rail train sliced through a semi trailer, cutting it in half. Crews responded to the scene of the crash, at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and S. Holly Street, at about 9 a.m. after receiving a report of a collision. There were no injuries. Officials said the light rail train was southbound and had the green light when the truck driver attempted to turn in front of the train. The train crashed through the truck's trailer, causing hundreds of cases of Mountain Dew to spill into the street .
2012 May 27
Woman Killed By Light Rail Likely A Suicide (Denver)
Police say a woman was hit and killed by a light rail train at 11:45 p.m. Sunday after she entered a
fenced-off area of track between Mississippi Av and Acoma St. She was
pronounced dead at the scene.
2012 May 14
Woman Killed By TRAX Light Rail Train (South Salt Lake, UT)
A northbound TRAX light rail train hit and killed a woman at the Meadowbrook station.
2012 April 30
Light rail crash in Austin leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt (Austin)
Police say one person has been killed and two hurt after a Central Texas light rail commuter train hit a car during rush hour. Capital Metro spokeswoman Eric McKewen says the accident happened Monday morning at a rail crossing in north Austin. Authorities are trying to determine what led to the crash that killed the car driver and injured his two passengers.
2012 April 25
4 seriously hurt in light-rail collision at Remount Road near South Boulevard (Charlotte NC)
Four people were seriously hurt Wednesday night after a car collided with a Lynx light rail train in Charlotte’s Southend. Three others had less serious injuries. Around 8:40 p.m., the driver of a car had stopped on Remount Road near South Boulevard, police said. The crossing arms were down at the light-rail tracks, and the driver was waiting for the train to pass. Then a Jeep rear-ended the car, police said, forcing it onto the tracks and into the train, which was traveling toward uptown. Lt. Andy Harris said it’s unclear how fast the train was moving. Harris said police are investigating the possibility that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. None of the injuries was life-threatening. Of the seven people taken to hospitals, three were in the vehicles. Police said 37 people were on board the train at the time of the crash. Paramedics took three passengers to the hospital, as well as the train’s operator, who was not hurt but was transported as standard procedure, according to reports.
2012 April 25
Light Rail train derails in Tacoma (Tacoma, WA)
Heavy rain caused a Light Rail train to derail in Tacoma Wednesday night. Rain washed gravel and rocks onto the tracks embedded in the pavement and caused the train to derail, said Sound Transit spokesman Geoff Patrick.
2012 April 24
2 seriously injured when MetroLink train hits car (800 block of Rosedale, St Louis, MO 63112)
Two people are hospitalized in serious condition after their car was hit by a MetroLink train this morning. Investigators say the vehicle slammed through a fence in the 800 block of Rosedale and ended up on the MetroLink tracks. An eastbound train could not stop in time to avoid the car. The two people inside the vehicle, a man and woman in their 20's, were both seriously injured in the crash.
Vehicle totaled, 2 seriously injured in MetroLink crash (900 Hodiamont Ave, St Louis, MO 63112)
Two people are in serious, but stable condition after their vehicle left the roadway, stopped on MetroLink tracks and was struck by an oncoming train Tuesday morning. According to authorities, the accident happened around 1:15 a.m. in the 900 block of Hodiamont. St. Louis police said a car with two occupants inside left the roadway, drove onto private property, crashed through a fence and ended up on MetroLink tracks. A Metro train approaching was unable to stop in time and struck the vehicle, sending it off the tracks.
2012 April 16
MetroLink train crashes into car on tracks in Washington Park, IL (St. Louis)
A MetroLink train hit a car on the tracks early Monday on 37th Street north of St. Clair Avenue in Washington Park. At least one person in the car was taken away by paramedics. Rescuers said he was unconscious when he was taken to St. Louis University Hospital.
2012 April 14
Coroner release name of woman killed on Sacramento rail tracks (Sacramento)
The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of the pedestrian killed by a Regional Transit light-rail train over the weekend. Leandra Lee Voss, 60, of Sacramento, was hit and killed about 8:45 p.m. Saturday near 19th Street, between Q and S streets, in midtown Sacramento. Witnesses told police a woman was lying across the grade-level tracks when the train hit her. The victim seemed to have been alone, police said.
2012 April 13
Man Hospitalized After Dragged by Light Rail Cars (Bloomington, MN)
A man was hospitalized Friday night after falling between moving light rail cars. Metro Transit Police say the accident happened around 10:20 p.m. at the American Boulevard Station off 34th Ave. S. in Bloomington. They say a man in his mid-20's was standing on a platform with some friends when he lost his balance and fell in between two cars of a moving southbound train. They say he was dragged for a short time before coming back to rest on the platform. A transit customer called 911. Officials say the man was conscious and breathing. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
2012 April 9
Train hits car, injures 5 people (Baltimore)
Five people are recovering after a Light Rail train hit a car just after 6:00 p.m. Monday. Maryland Transit Administration spokesperson Terry Owens says a vehicle attempted to pass another near the intersection of W. Lexington St. and Howard St. when it entered onto the train tracks. The train was not going very quickly, but was unable to stop and hit the vehicle. Three people onboard the train received minor injures in the crash as well as the two occupants of the vehicle.
2012 April 9
Light-Rail Train Hits, Kills Man On Tracks, Train Couldn't Stop In Time (Sacramento)
A light-rail train hit and killed a man who was walking on the tracks Sunday night. He was identified Monday as David Johnson. His daughter called KCRA 3 with his name, which is also on the Sacramento County Coroner's website. Johnson's daughter said he was visiting family, and is originally from Indiana. The crash happened just before 10 p.m. The train was heading west when it struck the 51-year-old pedestrian near La Riviera and Folsom Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol said. The light-rail operator blew the horn and applied the emergency brake, but couldn't stop in time. The train was traveling about 45 miles per hour. The CHP is still trying to determine why he was on the tracks.
2012 April 4
Woman hurt in crash with light-rail train (Phoenix)
Phoenix Fire Department officials are on the scene of a crash between a car and a light rail train near Thomas Road and Central Avenue. A woman driving the car was injured in the collision, but the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time, Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Scott McDonald said.
2012 March 30
Anaheim Metrolink Death May Have Been Suicide (Anaheim, CA)
A woman fatally struck by a Metrolink train in Anaheim may have committed suicide, police said Saturday. The woman was struck near East Sycamore street about 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to Anaheim police Sgt. Frank Pinela. The victim’s name was not immediately available. At least one witness reported seeing the woman lay on the tracks in front of Metrolink train No. 604. Friday’s victim was the third person to die on Metrolink tracks in Orange County this month, according to the Orange County Register. A young man reportedly stepped in front of a Metrolink train in Dana Point earlier this month in another apparent suicide.
2012 March 29
5 Hurt After Car, Light Rail Crash (Sacramento)
The driver of a black BMW was pinned against his steering wheel, unable to move by the time Sacramento Fire rescue crews arrived at the scene of a collision between that car and a light rain train, said a Sacramento Fire spokesperson. The crash, which left five people injured, took place at the intersection of 10th and O streets just after 11:30 a.m. Sacramento fire crews said a second vehicle also either hit or was hit by the train. "I saw a silver car spinning. I looked up and noted that the stoplight was red," said Patrica Pickens, a passenger on the train at the time of the collision. Fire crews had to use the Jaws of Life to free the driver of the black BMW sedan involved in the crash. (KCRA news video)
2012 March 23
Pedestrian hit and killed by Metrolink train (Fullerton, CA)
Fullerton police were investigating Friday whether a pedestrian struck and killed by a Metrolink train was the victim of an accident or suicide. Officers responded at 3:15 p.m. to a report of a "train versus pedestrian fatality" at State College Boulevard and Valencia Drive, said Cpl. Tim Kandler. Kandler said late Friday that the victim was a white male, age 40 to 50, and that his death was being investigated as a suicide.
2012 March 17
Metro Light Rail Crash Injures Six (Los Angeles)
A southbound Metro Blue Line light rail train hit a black sedan at Venice Blvd. and Flower St. at 4:20pm, trapping the car underneath the front of the train. The six occupants of the car were taken to local hospitals. The same intersection had another light rail crash on September 5, 2011.
2012 March 13
Worker Injured at Light Rail Construction Site (St. Paul)
A worker was injured along the light rail system on University Avenue in St. Paul on Tuesday morning. Medic 14 and Squad 2 were dispatched to a reported man injured and down a four-foot hole on University Avenue near Hamline Avenue around 10:45 a.m. Medic 14 and Squad 2 arrived to find the man, suffering injuries from being struck by construction equipment, laying a couple of feet below grade. The remainder of the assignment was cancelled as the crews packaged the patient onto a backboard. He was carried up from the hole and transported by Medic 14 to an area hospital.
2012 February 26
Lynx Light Rail Train Hit & Killed Woman (Gastonia, NC)
A woman was walking across the intersection of Bessemer City Road and White Jenkins Road at 7:19pm, when she was struck and killed by a Lynx light rail train.
2012 February 17
Machete Carrying Passenger Unimpeded On Tri-Met Light Rail (Portland)
TriMet learned of a female light rail passenger carrying a machete by watching the news on TV (KOIN 6). They'll keep watching.
2012 February 13
TRAX Red Line Kills Another Teen At Same Intersection (West Jordan, UT)
A male pedestrian (17) crossing the intersection at 8600 South 3200 West when he was hit and killed by a TRAX red line light rail train. This is the same intersection where Shariah Casper (15) was struck and killed by a light rail train less than a year before.
2012 February 7
Second day in a row, car collides with TRAX train (Salt Lake City)
For the second day in a row Tuesday, there was a downtown Salt Lake City collision between a motorist and a TRAX light rail train. This time, according to Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter, no one was injured when a truck crashed into the northbound "Red Line" train about 8:10 a.m. Tuesday near the station at 500 South and Main Street. The driver was cited for running a red light. Carpenter said the heavy-duty construction company pickup truck was northbound and got too close to the train, which caught the vehicle’s rear bumper — possibly as the driver attempted to make a late left turn. On Monday, a man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after his pickup truck collided with, and derailed the lead car of a northbound TRAX train near 900 South and 200 West. Buses were used to transport commuters around the crash site for several hours. The driver of that pickup also was cited for running a red light, authorities said.
2012 February 4
Phoenix light-rail accident injures teen (Phoenix)
A 17-year-old boy was injured when struck by a light rail train Saturday night on Central Avenue near Campbell Avenue. Capt. Scott McDonald, a spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department, said the teen had a head injury but is in stable condition at a trauma center. The teen was hit by a southbound light rail train at about 7 p.m. Officials say the train was traveling at about 30 miles per hour. "It is unknown how or why the pedestrian got in the train's path," McDonald said.
2012 January 30
3 killed in Sacramento SUV-light rail train crash (Sacramento)
The crash Saturday afternoon, killing two adults and an 18-month-old boy. A fourth passenger, hospitalized with serious injuries, and six people on board the train suffered minor injuries.
Light Rail Accident Worst In Agency’s History (Sacramento)
The collision between a Sacramento light rail train and an SUV that killed three people over the weekend is the worst accident in the 25-year history of the capital city’s light rail district, a system executive said Monday, adding that the SUV driver’s impatience appeared to be the cause... Between January 2007 and Saturday’s crash, there have been nine collisions between light rail trains and vehicles at what the transit district refers to as protected grade crossings. Of those, only one other was a fatality, an April 2010 accident that killed one person.
2012 January 30
Woman walks into light rail train, Hospitalized in serious condition (Baltimore)
A woman was seriously injured Monday evening when she walked into the side of a moving light rail train at Lombard and Howard streets, just west of Baltimore's downtown, officials said. The accident occurred about 5:35 p.m., halting trains and forcing police to close off several streets during the evening rush hour. Trains were back and service and streets reopened about 6 p.m., police said.
2012 Jan 13
Woman Trapped Under Light Rail Train (Houston)
A woman is en route to a hospital after she was trapped under a light rail train. The accident happened around 6:35 p.m. Friday on Polk and Main, according to Houston METRO. A woman was standing on the tracks when a southbound train approached. METRO says the woman was walking towards the train. The train’s operator saw the woman and sounded the train’s horn, but it was too late. The train was not able to stop. She wound up under the train, but was still alive, breathing and conscious.
2011 December 23
Car Hits Light Rail Train (Minneapolis)
No one was seriously injured when a car hit a light rail train in south Minneapolis Friday afternoon. Metro Transit says the accident happened around 2:30 p.m. at Hiawatha Avenue and East 42nd Street. A car traveling southbound on Hiawatha turned on to westbound 42nd Street, going under a gate arm and hitting the side of a train. The person driving the car was not injured, authorities say. One person inside the train complained of chest pains.
2011 December 12
Woman Struck and Killed by Light Rail Train (Baltimore)
A woman was found dead after being hit by a light rail train near Lutherville.
2011 December 6
Man hit by light rail loses leg (Baltimore)
A man was seriously injured when he was hit by a Light Rail train in South Baltimore Tuesday afternoon. According to MTA spokesman Terry Owens, a man on the tracks was hit by a train just north of the Patapsco Station a little before 4:00 p.m. Fire officials said one of the man's legs was severed and the other leg was dislocated. The victim was taken by ambulance to shock trauma. There is no word on his condition.
2011 November 20
Car Hit By Light Rail Train (Minneapolis)
Metro Transit Police say a car went under a gate arm and was hit by a light rail train Sunday afternoon. They say the car and train were both traveling south on Hiawatha when the car turned into the train's path on 35th Street.
2011 November 4
Mom of woman struck by light-rail train knows she'll "see that smile again" (Denver)
Laura Triem was on her way to work at the Cheesecake Factory in downtown Denver when she stepped in front of a light-rail train. Triem was listening to music using earphones as she waited for one train to pass through the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Stout Street the afternoon of Nov. 4. She stepped into the path of a second train, coming from the other direction, Triem's mother, Mary Chadwick said.Triem was critically injured. The accident shut down Speer Boulevard in both directions at Stout Street. "Laura Triem, she's a fighter, and she's the brightest thing in the world, and I know she is coming back to me, and I'll see that smile again," Chadwick said.
2011 October 31
Utah ranks high in TRAX accidents, but UTA says Salt Lake's light rail is unique (Salt Lake City)
On Monday, a tow-truck driver was injured when his vehicle was smashed by a TRAX train in a spectacular accident. In a separate incident later that night, another car was damaged in a minor collision with a TRAX train at 300 West and South Temple. The two collisions marked the eighth and ninth incidents involving TRAX trains in 2011 and the third and fourth incidents in October alone. From 2007 to 2010, UTA had 94 incidents on its TRAX lines resulting in 84 injuries and seven deaths, according to the National Transit Database.
2011 October 19
Worker loses hand, foot in Central Corridor construction accident (Minneapolis)
A worker on the Central Corridor rail project was rushed into surgery after his piece of equipment tipped over late Tuesday morning east of downtown Minneapolis. The Ames Construction Co. employee was working on an overpass above Interstate 35W, where the Central Corridor rail will connect with the Hiawatha light rail line, said project spokeswoman Laura Baenen. Other workers at the site used a front-end loader to move the equipment off their trapped colleague's right leg, Baenen said. The worker underwent surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, where his right hand and right foot were amputated. This is the second "time-loss" injury since work on the Central Corridor project began in September 2009. In June 2011, a worker for a subcontractor severely injured her hand while operating a drill on the Washington Avenue Bridge, Baenen said.
2011 October 9
Woman Killed in Metrolink Accident (Riverside, CA)
An investigation is under way Sunday after a mother pushing a stroller was struck and killed by a Metrolink train. It happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday night in Riverside. Eastbound Metrolink 860 struck Susan Dibene at the Mary Street/Brockton Avenue grade crossing. Dibene, 33, lived in Riverside. According to investigators the crossing arms were down, and the warning lights were flashing. Dibene had been pushing her two year old toddler when the wheel got stuck in the track. The mother was able to push the stroller out of harms way, but she lost her own life. Remaining passengers were to taken by bus to their final destinations. (This sounds like the November 16, 2012 death of a Sacramento woman pushing a wheelchair. AREMA and the FRA have no standards for embedded tracks or light rail.)
2011 October 4
Houston light rail accident injures 15, Train strikes dump truck that ran red light (Houston)
Authorities say 15 people were injured when a light rail train derailed after striking a dump truck that ran a red light in downtown Houston. Houston Metro officials say the train operator, 13 passengers and the driver of the dump truck were transported to hospitals with minor injuries after the accident Tuesday morning. Metro officials tell the Houston Chronicle the truck driver couldn't see the red light because of the reflection of the sun.
2011 September 22
Woman hit by Lynx light rail train at Scaleybark station (Charlotte, NC)
Lakysha Erwin, 31, was struck by a southbound Lynx train at the
Scaleybark station. She was transported to the Carolinas Medical Center
in serious condition. A Youtube video shows her being hit by a light rail train at the same station as the November 2011 light rail vs. pedestrian accident.
2011 September 21
Friends say woman killed in Denver light-rail accident "was the smile on your face" (Denver)
Friends of a woman who died Tuesday in a light rail accident gathered around a makeshift memorial near the track this afternoon to pay tribute to the victim. Jessica Lubken, 26, of Denver, died after being dragged by a light rail train near the intersection of Welton and 24th Streets. She was identified by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner this morning.
2011 September 19
Light Rail Services Disrupted After Train-Pickup Accident (Bloomington)
Buses were called in to transport light rail riders Monday evening after a train hit a pickup truck in Bloomington. The accident happened just after 5 p.m. Near 34th Ave. and I-494. Metro Transit officials say the pickup was hit after the driver tried making an illegal lefthand turn over the tracks.
2011 September 9
Cyclist killed, northeast LRT shut down after collision (Calgary, Canada)
Police shut down the C-Train line at 36th Street and 20th Avenue N.E. after a cyclist was struck dead this morning. Commuters lined up for city transit shuttle buses as police investigated the fatal collision that happened shortly after 7 a.m. A man in his 50s was standing with his bike inside the barriers on the northbound track watching the southbound train go by when he was struck by the northbound train. He was killed instantly.
2011 September 5
Metro Light Rail Train Hits Pickup (Los Angeles)
A northbound Metro Blue Line hit a white pickup truck, injuring one. The pickup may have been driving on Venice Blvd. when it was hit by the train and dragged onto the 1500 block of South Flower Street. Another crash at the same intersection would occur on March 17, 2012.
2011 September 4
Man killed in LRT collision (Calgary, Canada)
Calgary cops are investigating an LRT collision that cost one man his life Sunday morning. The man, who has not yet been identified, was struck and killed near the intersection of 36 St. and 32 Ave. N.E. around 6:15 a.m. Duty Insp. Keith Cain said it is unclear at this time how the man ended up in front of the train.
2011 August 10
TRAX Kills Pedestrian (Midvale, UT)
Kimberly K. Merrill, 46, was hit and killed by a TRAX light rail train on 7200 South near 200 West. The light rail train was approaching the nearby platform at between 30 and 40 mph when the woman was hit and killed.
2011 August 11
Tide Light Rail Has Second Collision Before Grand Opening (Norfolk, VA)
The grand opening of the Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Tide light rail system wasn't until August 27th, but already there were two collisions. The first collision involved a bicyclist on June 24th, when the light rail trains were making test runs, so it was an unscheduled test crash at York and Botetourt streets. The second collision was on August 11th when a train and car collided at 2nd Street and West Brambleton Avenue. [video]
2011 August 3
A White Minivan and Light Rail Train Collide in Downtown (Minneapolis)
On Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at approximately 4:50pm a white minivan and a Light Rail Train collided. This accident took place at the cross section of 5th avenue and 5th street. The Light Rail Train # 116A (LRT) came to a halt with passengers on board.
2011 August 1
Light Rail Hits Van Making Illegal Turn (Minneapolis)
Metro Transit police say a light rail struck a van that made an illegal turn in front of the train on 34th Avenue. The crash took place north of the Interstate 494 bridge as the train was traveling southbound from the Humphrey Terminal toward the stop at American Boulevard.
2011 June 27
Man killed by MAX train at E. Burnside & 122nd Av 'a clear suicide,' investigators say (Portland)
Authorities believe a man who was killed about 9:15 this morning when he fell in front of a MAX light-rail trail at 122nd Avenue and East Burnside committed suicide. The train was traveling at about five miles per hour as it pulled into the station when it struck the man, said TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch. The man had been spotted kneeling on the bumpy white safety strip at the edge of the platform, possibly praying, when he fell into the train's path, Fetsch said.
2011 June 8
TRAX accident kills teen girl in West Jordan (Salt Lake Valley)
A teenage girl died Wednesday after she was struck by a TRAX train near the intersection of 3200 West and 8600 South. The girl was identified as Shariah Casper, 15, of West Jordan. According to witnesses at the scene, Casper and another girl crossed under the traffic safety arms and warning lights and attempted to cross the tracks. The girls apparently did not realize that two trains were traveling in the area within seconds of each other, going in opposite directions. After the first train had passed, the two girls began crossing the tracks unaware of the second train. The second girl stepped off the tracks in time to avoid the second train. Shariah, however, was hit. "She was outgoing. She's fun. She'd do anything for you at any given moment," Kira Sanchez said of her friend Shariah. "She didn't care what people thought of her." Shariah had just completed the ninth grade. (U.S. Dept. of Transportation Accident Report) (Utah Steps Past Industry Standards)
Man struck and killed by light rail (Compton, CA)
A 20 year-old man was killed when he fell or jumped in front of a northbound Blue Line light rail train near the Del Amo Blue Line station at Santa Fe Avenue.
2011 April 10
Assault And Disturbance on a Light Rail Train (Denver)
Denver Police officers investigated an assault on a light rail train at 855 S. Broadway. No arrest was made.
2011 February 20
Authorities identify man killed by light-rail train (Minneapolis)
Authorities have identified the man who was struck and killed by a light-rail train in Minneapolis Sunday evening. George Freeman McPhail, age 74, was hit by a Metro Transit train traveling northbound just before 6:45 p.m.. Freeman was struck at the VA hospital LRT station at 5504 Minnehaha Avenue South. This will be the 8th fatal accident that has occurred on the Hiawatha line which began service June of 2004.
2011 January 31
Woman hit by Portland MAX train dies (Portland)
A woman has died after being hit by a MAX light-rail train in downtown Portland Friday night. The woman's cane made contact with the approaching train and she fell between two cars, TriMet's Mary Fetsch said Saturday. Emergency crews were called to the area of NW 6th Avenue and Davis Street, in Old Town, at around 9:30 p.m. They found the woman conscious but trapped by the train. She was taken to a Portland hospital, where she died Saturday morning.
2011 January 18
Truck Collides With Baltimore Light Rail Train (Baltimore)
A Baltimore fire spokesman says a truck and a light rail train collided in downtown Baltimore. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says several passengers and the driver of the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the collision Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred in the 100 block of S. Eutaw St.
2011 January 13
Man's Leg Amputated After Apparent Metrorail Suicide Attempt (Miami)
To save a man trapped underneath a Metrorail train, rescue workers amputated one of his legs. Police believe the incident may have been the result of a botched suicide attempt. The station at Douglas Road, where the incident occurred, was closed while police investigated.
2011 January 6
Light-rail death ruled a suicide (Seattle)
Seattle police said a 49-year-old man who died after he was struck by a Link light rail train in Seattle’s Industrial District on Thursday committed suicide. The man was hit by the light rail train at the intersection of South Holgate St and Fifth Av South. He was thrown or possibly dragged 30 to 40 yards before the train could stop. Police said the light rail operator couldn’t stop in time.
2010 November 10
2 killed by Edmonton LRT train ID'd (Edmonton, Canada)
Family members and former classmates have identified the two teens struck and killed by an LRT train south of the Coliseum station Tuesday night as Jamie Kootenay and Delia Papastesis, both 19. They were hit by the train just after 8 p.m. Kootenay died at the scene. Papastesis was trapped under the train, and emergency crews spent almost an hour trying to free her. She died in hospital.
2010 September 17
Chicago Metra Chief Kills Self With Metra Train (Crystal Lake, IL)
Metra chief Phil Pagano was hit and killed by a Metra train at 8am. His body was found with procedural instructions on handling Metra service disruption due to a suicide. He had been put on administrative leave due to the discovery of financial irregularities including misappropriating $475,000 in vacation pay and.a $56,000 bonus he gave himself.
2010 August 6
Fire on Light Rail (Cleveland)
An eastbound Red Line train caught fire sending 27 people to the hospital, after it left the West 65th Street station.
2010 July 8
Bicyclist Killed By Light Rail Train (Sandy, UT)
Michael Kody Wright, 32, was bicycling to a job interview when he was hit and killed by a northbound TRAX at about 8am. Utah Transit Authority spokesman Gerry Carpenter told KSL News, the train operator "was sounding his horn. He did go into emergency braking. These trains, even though they're traveling only 25 or 30 miles an hour as they're approaching the station, are still very large. They have a lot of inertia, and they just can't stop very quickly." Wright left behind a fiancé and a 9 year old son.
2010 July 7
Light Rail Train Runs Red Light; Hits Police Car (Long Beach, CA)
A southbound Metro Blue Line light rail train ran a red stop signal and crashed into a Long Beach Police car at Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway at 1pm. The police officer was hospitalized in stable condition after being treated for moderate injuries. Ten light rail train passengers were injured and taken to local hospitals.
Long Beach Police officers investigating the collision said they viewed onboard video from the southbound train as well as a train stopped on the northbound tracks. The videos show the police car and pedestrians crossing Long Beach Blvd. with a green light. The video from the southbound train shows a red light for southbound traffic and a stop signal for the train.
2010 March 28
Light Rail and SUV Collide (Los Angeles)
A Metro Blue Line light rail train hit a sport utility vehicle at 1234 E. Washington Av. at 12:15pm.
2010 March 23
1 hurt in light rail crash (Cockeysville, MD)
A light rail train conductor was taken to a trauma center after a crash with a tractor-trailer Tuesday morning in Cockeysville that disrupted service between Timonium and Hunt Valley. The accident happened about 9:20 a.m. According to Baltimore County police spokesman Mike Hill, a tractor-trailer heading north on Gilroy Road attempted to make a right turn against a signal into McCormick's Hunt Valley plant when a southbound light rail train struck the truck, pushing it down the tracks and splitting the truck's trailer in half. A gray Honda traveling behind the tractor-trailer was also caught in the collision. Hill said the intersection is not gated. The train operator was trapped for 25 minutes.
2010 March 15
Houston Light Rail Accident: Collision Injured 19 People (Houston)
A Houston light rail train collided with a metro bus at Main and St. Joseph Parkway in downtown Houston. A total of 19 people were injured. Police and metro officials are investigating the collision from video recordings. The Houston light rail collision happened at around 2:15 p.m. The northbound light rail train collided with the westbound bus on St. Joseph. The bus driver, light rail train operator, and 17 other passengers were injured the accident. Metro officials are carefully investigating the incident to determine if there is systematic or design flaws at the intersection. Six weeks ago on Feb 8, a light rail train hit a bus and derailed at the same location, injuring 12.
2010 Feb 8
Bus Derails Train (Houston)
A Metro light rail train collided with a Metro bus and derailed in downtown Houston, injuring 11 passengers and the bus driver. The northbound light rail train running on Main Street hit a westbound bus on St. Joseph Parkway at 3:30 pm. [video1, video2]
2009 December 26
Metro light rail train struck and killed man (Los Angeles)
Ramon Villanueva, 65, was killed by a Metro Blue Line train at 10:05am at the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and Vernon Av. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
2009 September 20
Light-rail train hits car near Star Tribune building (Minneapolis)
A light-rail train hit a car in downtown Minneapolis Sunday morning, but the car's driver and passenger were not injured. The car's driver, Nate Becker of Sioux Falls, said he was coming down Fifth Street on the right side of the tracks and tried to make a left turn into the Armory . He did not realize there were train tracks and said he was unfamiliar with the area. Becker and a friend in the car were not injured. One train passenger was taken away to be checked for injuries.
2009 September 16
Luas Tram Hit Dublin Bus, Injuring 21 (Dublin, Ireland)
A Luas light rail train collided with a Dublin #16 double decker bus at the intersection of Abbey and O'Connell streets. Twenty passengers and the train operator were injured, three seriously. A report from the Rail Accident Investigation Unit (RAIU) says the crash was caused by the train moving forward at the junction (despite signals not giving the go-ahead) due to a lapse in concentration of the Luas light rail train operator. This is the same intersection as the January 9, 2013 crash.
2009 September 7
Minneapolis Pedestrian Hit by Metro Transit Train (Minneapolis, MN)
A pedestrian was hit by a Light Rail train on Sunday night, about 10:30 p.m., on Hiawatha Avenue near 32nd Street East. Metro Transit Police and Minneapolis Police are still trying to determine why the man was walking so close to the tracks. The man suffered a leg injury. He was conscious and talking at the time he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.
2009 August 13
Hiawatha Light Rail Train Kills Pedestrian (Minneapolis)
The Hiawatha Line light rail train struck and killed a pedestrian at 1:35pm. The train was traveling at 50 mph. The operator made eye contact with the man before hitting him. Eye contact. Next time, try the brakes.
2009 August 3
Man in Mpls. Light Rail Crash Dies (Minneapolis)
A 22-year-old man involved in a light rail train crash in Minneapolis on Aug. 3 has died from his injuries. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says Abdirahman Sharif Hirsi, of Minneapolis, died Saturday from multiple blunt force cranial injuries. According to Minneapolis Police, Hirsi attempted to move his vehicle around the stop arm across the track at 35th Street East and Hiawatha Avenue when the train collided with him.
2009 July 18 2:50pm
Two light-rail trains crash in San Francisco, injuring 44 (San Francisco)
Forty-four people were reportedly injured Saturday in a crash involving two light-rail trains at a boarding platform on San Francisco's west side. Authorities said three people were severely injured in the 2:30 p.m. crash as an L Line train rear-ended a K Line train at the West Portal Station. A San Francisco Police Department spokesman said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Witnesses said the westbound L train had just emerged from a tunnel that connects the downtown area with the city's western neighborhoods when it struck the second train. Both trains were fully loaded with passengers. Muni operators routinely switch trains from automatic (with safety buffers) to manual control before entering West Portal Station, a violation of Muni safety rules that may have helped caused the crash, a union official and a former light-rail train operator told the San Francisco Chronicle. [Railroad Accident Brief 1104 for NTSB accident DCA-09-FR-010]
2009 July 5
Teens' Deaths On Light Rail Called Accident By MTA (Baltimore)
The two teens fatally struck Sunday near the Lutherville light rail station were hit as they walked in the middle of the tracks with their backs to a train, the Maryland Transit Administration has determined. MTA police made the judgment that the deaths were accidental after viewing video from the train that hit the pair about 2:55 p.m. Sunday, agency spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said Tuesday. She said family members were briefed by the MTA on that conclusion. At the time, the system was in two-way operations on one track because a train had been damaged earlier that afternoon; it had run into a highway guardrail that apparently had been placed on the northbound tracks. Greene said the boys probably thought the approaching train was using the other track. "When you hear a train coming from the southern direction you expect it to be on" the northbound track, Greene said, noting that trains travel 40 mph to 45 mph in that area. "It can lull you into a false sense of security." Still unexplained was how the operator of the train that struck the pair could have missed seeing them. Greene said the investigation is continuing.
2009 June 22
Washington Metro Red Line train collision (Washington, DC)
The Washington Metro train collision was a subway train-on-train collision between two southbound Red Line Washington Metro trains during the afternoon rush hour of June 22, 2009, in Northeast Washington, D.C. A moving train collided with a train stopped ahead of it; the train operator and eight passengers were killed, making it the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metro. Several survivors were trapped for hours, and approximately 80 were injured. [August 8, 2013 update - Responding to a Washington Post motion to unseal settlement agreements, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton has ordered the release of the court documents. Alstom Signaling & ARINC are trying to stop the release of settlement amounts. October 21, 2013 update - Metro settled its dispute with the insurance broker Aon.]
2009 May 21 8pm
Metro Light Rail Drags Woman (Los Angeles)
A Metro Blue Line light rail train hit a woman at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and South Flower St., dragging her onto the 1500 block of S. Flower St. Firefighters found the woman trapped underneath one of the train cars. Firefighters removed her, and she was taken to California Hospital Medical Center with serious head injuries.
2009 May 21 2:30pm
Metro Light Rail Kills Man (Los Angeles)
A 55 year-old man trying to cross the tracks at the intersection of East 48th Place and Long Beach Av. was struck by a northbound Metro Blue Line light rail train. He was dragged by the train onto the 1600 block of East 48th Place and pronounced dead at the scene.
2009 May 8 7:14pm
Two Green Line Light Rail Trains Collide, 68 Injured (Boston)
Near the Government Center station, two green line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) light rail trains collided at 7:14pm, injuring 68. The striking train operator, Aiden Quinn, was texting his girlfriend. [Railroad Accident Brief 1106 for NTSB accident DCA-09-MR-004] [The lawsuit of Samantha Mattei began May 21st and ended June 10, 2013 with a jury awarding $461,902. In 2012, a Scituate woman, Colleen Fyffe, was awarded $1.2 million. Nine of the 24 cases against the MBTA have settled for an average of $31,000.]
2009 February 8
Muni Light Rail Killed Bill Brand; Will Pay $900,000 To Widow (San Francisco)
Former Oakland Tribune journalist Bill Brand was struck and killed by a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) light rail train at King and Second streets at 9pm. In a closed door session to settle the wrongful-death lawsuit on
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Muni agreed to pay Bill Brand's widow, Daryl Brand the sum of $900,000.
In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Daryl Brand said Muni driver Anthony Harge had seen her husband in the crosswalk but "believed that Brand was stopping to yield to the train and, therefore, continued without slowing or signaling Brand of the train's presence." The light-rail vehicle hit Brand, knocking him into a light pole. He fell into a coma and died 12 days later.
2009 January 5
Crossing Arm System Failure, Pickup Hit By Light Rail Train (Tempe, AZ)
Tempe's new light rail system had its first design flaw and second accident. After less than ten days of operation, a Metro light rail train smashed into a white Chevrolet pickup truck full of furniture.The truck had stopped at a light-rail crossing on University Drive and McAllister Avenue. A light rail train passed. After the light turned green and the crossing arm rose, the driver drove through the intersection and was hit by a second train. The train smash the pickup truck and scattered furniture over the area. Here's video from the second train.
2008 September 19
Metro Light Rail Train Hits Bus, 14 Injured (Los Angeles)
A Metrolink Blue Line light rail train hit an out-of-service bus near the corner of Washington Blvd. and Griffith Av at 6am. The impact derailed the front train car and injured at least 14 people.
2008 September 12
Metrolink Chatsworth train collision (Los Angeles)
A Metrolink commuter train collided head-on with a Union Pacific freight train in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles, resulting in the death of 25 people and 135 others injured, 46 of them critically. The Metrolink train ran through a red signal before entering a section of single track where the opposing freight train had been given the right of way by the train dispatcher. The NTSB faulted the Metrolink train's engineer for the collision, concluding that he was distracted by text messages he was sending while on duty.
2007 November 21
Light-rail train hits, kills man (Minneapolis)
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a light-rail train Wednesday afternoon in south Minneapolis. A northbound train hit a man at 2:45 p.m. at the 46th Street Station, Metro Transit Assistant General Manager Julie Johanson said. It's still unclear what led the man to be on the tracks, but officials said they believe all safety warnings were working at the time. The victim, who died at the scene, was not carrying identification, and as of Wednesday evening, officials said they were still trying to identify him. It was the second death at the 46th Street Station, and the fifth along the full line since light rail started running in 2004. In August 2006, a bicyclist was killed after crossing diagonally through the rail arms and flashing lights.
2007 June 8
Commuter falls to death between cars at LRT stop (Minneapolis)
Waiting passengers at the Franklin Avenue station tried to grab Evelyn L. Cotton as the 79-year-old woman stumbled and pitched forward toward the oncoming light-rail train Friday afternoon. But they couldn't stop her in time and Cotton plunged onto the tracks between two cars of the train headed downtown. The Minneapolis woman was run over and died at the scene. While police continue to investigate, it looks like Cotton simply lost her balance and stumbled about 1:30 p.m. as she walked toward the train, said Minneapolis police Capt. Mike Martin. "It clearly appears to be an accident," Martin said Friday afternoon. Her death is the fourth fatality involving a light-rail train since the Hiawatha line began operating in June 2004, and the first time a customer was killed, said Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons.
2005 January 29
Paramedic Unit & Light Rail Crash, Train Derails Into Camera Store (Denver)
An RTD light rail train and a Denver Paramedic truck* (with lights and siren, responding to a call) crashed at 15th and California at 4:40pm. The light rail train derailed, ran the wrong way on a one-way street, hit four other vehicles, and smashed into a Wolf Camera store (1545 California Street). Six people were injured, including two paramedics and the driver of a car hit by the derailed train. Although the paramedic unit was responding to a call with its lights and siren on, the ambulance driver was ticketed for causing the crash. Wouldn't this be a design flaw that failed to yield priority to the emergency vehicle?
* Reports based on RTD information said it was an ambulance. Photographs showed a paramedic truck.
2005 January 26
MetroLink Glendale train crash (Glendale, CA)
A total of 11 passengers were killed in the collision of southbound Metrolink commuter train #100, a sport utility vehicle, a stationary Union Pacific freight train, and a northbound Metrolink train #901. Between 100 and 200 people were injured. In terms of casualties, the crash had the same death toll as the Bourbonnais train accident on March 15, 1999, making it the deadliest U.S. train crash in almost six years.
2005 January 2
Portland's light rail runs red light, smashes fire truck (Portland)
... with pictures (that's a compacted fire engine in the upper right)
A fire truck racing to someone's rescue was destroyed by a light-rail train in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro. The accident took place Sunday afternoon, January 2, and about 4:15pm. Several people were injured, including a firefighter and the train driver. Only ten to fifteen people were on board the two-car train (capacity = 300+) and most were uninjured. The fire truck, however, was apparently totaled. Though no photos are available, The Oregonian reports that the "entire back end of the fire engine was crushed and twisted like an empty soda can," totaling the nearly new $300,000 truck. One of the two light-rail cars also suffered severe damage after being derailed and smashing into a tree. Witnesses said that the tree probably saved a nearby home from destruction. Emergency vehicles and light-rail cars both have "signal priority," which means traffic signals change to accommodate them. Given a conflict, the emergency vehicles get priority over the rail cars. A follow-up story reports that the fire engine's signal system was working properly and officials speculate that the light-rail car was simply unable to stop for the red light. Even at a speed of just 15 miles per hour, say transit officials, a light-rail train can take 50 feet or more to stop.
2004 March 1
Light Rail Train Hits Car, Kills Woman, Severs Driver's Arm (Los Angeles, CA)
Abraham Tovar was driving his wife Sara and 9-year-old son Steven, when he made a left-hand turn at the intersection at Wilmington Avenue and Willowbrook Avenue East. Abraham Tovar did not see the flashing lights of the gate or hear the bells of the approaching train. Because of the angle of Willowbrook Avenue, the train operator did not see the Tovar car until it crossed the track, hitting it at 55 mph (despite the frequency of left-turns at that intersection). Sara Tovar died of her injuries, and the right arm of Abraham Tovar was severed. The Tovar lawsuit.
Video Compilation of Houston Light Rail Crashes
from Destroyed in Seconds & YouTube
"It's one of the most accident-prone light rail systems in the United States. The reason? All seven and one-half miles of it run on city streets..." (from 2009) [Houston had over 60 light rail train collisions with cars in 2004.]
2009 Federal Transit Administration Study (FTA-CA-26-7007.2010.1) recommended "Collision Safety Improvements of Light Rail Vehicles Operating in Shared Right of Way Street Environments"
The study addressed light rail trains hitting cars and SUVs. The study recommended improved front and front-corner bumpers for light rail trains. The study did not address protecting pedestrians.
1998 Federal Transit Administration Study (FTA-VA-26-7004-98-1) "Event Recorders for Rail Rapid Transit Systems"
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported in December 2011:
Rail fatalities increased from 742 in 2009 to 813 in 2010, with the majority at grade crossings, though deaths on light, heavy and commuter rail rose from 229 to 253.
For injuries within light rail trains, the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports:
National Transportation Statistics (Oct 2013) Tables 2-37, 2-36, & 2-34:
In 2011, light rail had 696 accidents with 766 injuries and 31 fatalities.
In 2010, light rail had 636 accidents with 730 injuries and 21 fatalities.
In 2009, light rail had 854 accidents with 918 injuries and 32 fatalities.
In 2008, light rail had 872 accidents with 950 injuries and 14 fatalities.
In 2007, light rail had 1,190 accidents with 838 injuries and 32 fatalities.
In 2006, light rail had 1,138 accidents with 659 injuries and 23 fatalities.
In 2005, light rail had 1,130 accidents with 618 injuries and 35 fatalities.
In 2004, light rail had 931 accidents with 633 injuries and 60 fatalities.
In 2003, light rail had 938 accidents with 539 injuries and 47 fatalities.
In 2002, light rail had 1,105 accidents with 557 injuries and 73 fatalities.
In 2001, light rail had 1,299 accidents with 1,201 injuries and 59 fatalities.
In 2000, light rail had 1,319 accidents with 1,338 injuries and 80 fatalities.
The Wikipedia page of International Rail Crashes - lists very few light rail crashes.