“In the five years of the Hiawatha light-rail line, five people have died in crashes, with none of the deaths on a train.
The only one to involve a car was in September 2004, when an 87-year-old man who drove under the crossing arms at E. 42nd Street died after his sedan was struck by a train.
The most recent was in November 2007, when a man on foot was hit and killed at the 46th Street station.
That time without a death “shows that people are becoming more accustomed to coexisting with the light-rail line,” Gibbons said.
In 2007, the most recent year with available information, the Hiawatha line reported 52 accidents per 10 million miles traveled. Nationally, 149 accidents were reported for every 10 million miles traveled.”
It should be noted buses seem to have fewer fatal crashes. Buses serve about 8 times as many passenger trips than LRT in the Twin Cities (64 million vs. 8 million according to Metro Transit. This snippet appeared earlier in the year:
Metro Transit bus hits, kills woman in Minneapolis
Woman hit, killed by Metro Transit bus.
Last update: February 25, 2009 – 11:01 PM
A Metro Transit bus struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday night in Minneapolis, and the driver was unaware of the accident until the bus was a mile away, authorities said.
The unidentified woman was struck and killed at 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue about 6:35 p.m., a witness told Minneapolis police.
Transit authorities were notified and determined that the most likely bus involved was one on northbound Route 24.
The driver was notified and stopped 20 minutes later about a mile away at 42nd Avenue and 35th Street, said MTC spokesman Bob Gibbons.
Gibbons said the driver, who was placed on paid administrative leave pending standard drug and alcohol testing, was unaware that the bus had hit anyone. A lone passenger on the bus backed up the driver’s account, Gibbons said.
An autopsy is being performed by the Hennepin County medical examiner.
The accident was the third pedestrian fatality involving a bus in the past nine years. Gibbons said the last such incident was in October 2006. Before that, the last one was in January 2000.
HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA