April 21, 2019 07:19 AM
One person was killed by a light rail train early Saturday morning in Minneapolis, officials say.
A Metro Transit spokesperson said a man was on the platform at about 1:20 a.m. as a Green Line light rail train was departing from the Stadium Village station by the University of Minnesota. It was heading to downtown Minneapolis.
As the train was leaving, the man fell between two train cars and on to the tracks. He was run over by the train.
Metro Transit Police and firefighters responded to the scene. The area was taped off until about 2:45 a.m., when trains started running again.
Spokesperson Howie Padilla described the man as “not a young adult” but said his identity will be released by the medical examiner.
Metro Transit is still investigating what caused the man to fall between the train cars.
"There are cameras on the train platform and we will be taking a look at that video to try and figure out why the man fell into the path of the train," Padilla said.
The Stadium Village station is a popular stop for University of Minnesota students and people heading downtown.
“It's really tragic and hard to hear,” said Anna Saboe, who lives nearby. “We’re all here so often and it’s crazy to think it would happen.”
The operator of the train has been placed on standard leave, according to Padilla.
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KSTP & Callan Gray
Updated: April 21, 2019 07:19 AM
Created: April 20, 2019 07:13 AM
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