[Watch] Light Rail Train Crashes Into Car In Minnesota
It was a scary scene in Minnesota on Monday night when a light rain train crashed into a car as it was attempting to cross the train tracks.
It's never good when a crash pits a car against a train, and the result of that exact type of crash injured seven people in Minneapolis Monday night. The dash cam video, which was posted on several social media pages, shows the exact moment a white car driving on Portland Avenue in Minneapolis attempts to cross the light rail tracks along 5th Street.
The result is the Metro Transit light rain train crashing into the car, and dragging it along the tracks for several feet before coming to rest near another light rail train. And, according to MPR, that crash injured the two people in the car (the driver suffered critical injuries) and also caused five passengers on the trail to suffer minor injuries.
The interesting part of the video is that it shows the traffic signal to the right very clearly still lit yellow for the car. And while officials tell us that we ought to slow down and prepare to stop for yellow lights on traffic signals, many of us have likely driven through them before the light changes to red, right?
You just don't expect there to be a light rail train bearing down on the intersection at the same time, as I'm guessing the driver of this car didn't, either. There wasn't any word on whether anyone involved in the crash (that'd be the driver of the car or the driver of the light rail train) would be ticketed in the crash. Here's what that same intersection looks like during the day:
And, MPR noted that all light trail trains were operating on-time Tuesday. Hopefully, those injured in the crash recover quickly! And here's also hoping technicians get to the bottom of why the train barrelled into the intersection before the light turned red.
Check out the video below, and keep scrolling to check out some counties and cities in the Land of 10,000 Lakes where this type of accident couldn't happen-- because they don't have ANY stoplights at all!