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WCCO meteorologist says Green Line train ran red light, nearly hit him

Mike Augustyniak was in the Warehouse District Monday morning.

A WCCO-TV meteorologist says he was nearly struck by a light rail train that ran a red light Monday morning in Minneapolis. 

Mike Augustnyiak, the weekday morning meteorologist for the Twin Cities TV station, posted a photo of the train on Twitter, saying: "The driver of this train just blatantly ran a red light and a pedestrian walk signal and almost hit me at the Warehouse District stop."

He then asked if Metro Transit would respond to his tweet after the close call. 

Metro Transit did respond, asking Augustyniak to fill out a form so the incident can be investigated properly. 

Howie Padilla, the public relations manager for Metro Transit, told Bring Me The News that "we will have our rail officials look into the report" while also encouraging anyone with concerns to contact customer relations at 612-373-3333. 

It's unclear how often train operators run red lights, but one such incident happened in St. Paul in 2017, resulting in collision with a vehicle that killed a 29-year-old driver and injured a passenger. 

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