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Monday, March 10, 2008

Light Rail Accident at Mall of the Americas

Light Rail Train Accident At Mall Of America


A light rail train was involved in an accident at the Mall of America Friday.

According to Metro Transit representative, Bob Gibbons, the accident happened just before 10 a.m. when the train hit the barrier at the end of the line at the Mall of America Station.

The barrier is known as a buffing post and it is intended to stop a train in case of a malfunction.

Gibbons said the two-car train was going at a low speed when it hit and six people were injured with only bumps and bruises.

Investigators plan to look at the data recorder on the train -- which works like a "black box" on a plane -- to see what happened.

The investigation is expected to take about a week or so.

Service was delayed for about 2 hours after the accident, but service is running smoothly now and both sides of the Mall of America platform are still able to be used.

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