For a while, it seemed like light rail accidents made the news fairly often. Cars and trains just didn’t seem to play well together when the system was new. Most of the time, we would hear that people were not paying attention to the road or were unfamiliar with the location of the tracks. It seems far more common for a light rail train to have an accident with a car than a person. The last “big” story I recall was when a man suffered a head injury back in November of 2010 while being pushed nearly 40 feet by a light rail car. I’m not sure what happened to that man, hopefully, he is ok.
Tonight, we hear of a teenage man hit by a train in Phoenix after stepping off of the platform and onto the tracks. Apparently, the 17 year old was struck at approximately 7PM near Central and Campbell Avenues.
According to Phoenix Fire Dept, the teen had a “pretty serious head injury” and was taken to the hospital. Thankfully, Jared Montoya was at the train station and was to help pull the boy out from under the train.
Remember to obey the signs and watch for the trains. They are really big and can hurt you if you are not careful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the teen. We hope he is well, soon.
Accidents happen. Safety first, folks. Just like momma’ told you!