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Train vs. truck disrupts LRT service downtown

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A light rail train crashed into a delivery truck Tuesday afternoon, disrupting LRT service in downtown Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports the northbound train only had an operator onboard when it struck the truck at the intersection of 5th Avenue S. and S. 5th Street after 1:30 p.m. The train's operator was not injured.

The driver of the truck wasn't injured, but a passenger walked to an ambulance and was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center a few blocks away. The truck is operated by the Minneapolis School District, according to the newspaper.

Metro Transit says buses replaced trains in both directions between Target Field and Downtown East/Metrodome for about an hour. Service was restored around 2:30 p.m.

A Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland tells WCCO that the train's operator will undergo drug and alcohol testing as part of standard procedure.

Light-rail service has been restored. Thank you for your patience as trains resume their regular schedules.

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