Man dies when struck by light-rail

MINNEAPOLIS -- A man died after he apparently tried to run across the light-rail tracks and was hit by an oncoming train, authorities said.

The train hit the pedestrian about 8:15 p.m. Monday in the area of 26th Street and Hiawatha Avenue. The train was heading toward downtown Minneapolis.

The conductor told investigators he saw the pedestrian hesitate, then suddenly run across the tracks. The victim's body was thrown about 30 yards by the impact, said Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons.

"The gate arms were deployed," Gibbons said. "(The conductor) saw the pedestrian, who appeared indecisive and then appeared to try to run across the track, was struck by the train.

"This is a high-speed intersection," Gibbons said. "The train would've been going about 55 miles per hour at this point."


Gibbons said the conductor also sounded the train's horn.

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