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Light Rail Train Derails in Downtown St. Paul Snow

Updated: 02/27/2014 5:31 AM
Created: 02/26/2014 5:39 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A light rail train on the new Green Line derailed near downtown St. Paul during a test run Wednesday afternoon.

The train went off the tracks at the intersection of 12th Street and Cedar Street in St. Paul around 4 p.m. Other than the operator, no one was on the train at the time.

Metro Transit says the train went off the tracks because snow had accumulated in the rail right of way. Trains had not traveled on that section of the tracks since last week's snowstorm. Crews had to dig the train out of the snow. The train car will be taken to Minneapolis for inspection.

The Green Line won't be open for another 3.5 months, but on Monday trains started making regular runs so drivers could get some practice on the new line.

Central Corridor officials say trains are running as often as every 10 minutes. So if you drive, walk or bike anywhere near the tracks, you need to be much more alert because the trains could come at any time.

Photo: KSTP file

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