Man in wheelchair dies after being hit by light rail train in Minneapolis


A man in a wheelchair died Sunday after being struck by a Metro Transit Blue Line light rail train.

The incident happened near East 32nd Street in South Minneapolis around 6 p.m., according to a tweet by Metro Transit.

It is unclear how the incident unfolded and whether the victim's electronic wheelchair played a role in him being hit, but WCCO is reporting the man's wheelchair got stuck. Metro Transit will investigate this.

The unidentified man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he later died, the Star Tribune reports.

This is the latest in a string of incidents involving light rail trains in the Twin Cities. In mid-December, two people were killed on consecutive days: a 67-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by the Green Line train at a pedestrian crossing and a cyclist was killed when hit by a Blue Line train the next day.

A few days later, two people were injured when they were struck by Blue Line trains in separate incidents on the same day.

Last month, Metro Transit officials said they will review safety procedures, Finance & Commerce reported, and also reminded people to stay alert when around train tracks.

Over the next month, Metro Transit has plans to add new warning signs on trains and at stations, and in the spring it will continue painting areas around platforms – a project that's expected to help direct people away from unsafe areas, the Star Tribune reports.

Last month, Operation Lifesaver awarded Metro Transit a grant for a safety education campaign, Finance & Commerce said.

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