Light rail strikes car near ASU downtown Phoenix campus, no injuries

The light rail struck a car Wednesday afternoon after the vehicle tried to cross the tracks

A Valley Metro light rail car struck a silver Toyota Prius as it attempted to cross the track on Wednesday afternoon near First Avenue and Filmore Street, a short distance from ASU's downtown Phoenix campus, according to a Phoenix Police Department official.

Alan Pfohl, a Phoenix PD spokesperson, said there were no injuries in the collision, and the area was nearly clear by 2:30 p.m. No criminal charges were issued. 

Susan Tierney, the communications manager for Valley Metro, said the collision took place at 1:09 p.m. and that Valley Metro would be experiencing delays throughout the day.

"We are currently experiencing up to 25 minute delays and working to recover schedules as quickly as possible," she wrote in an email. 

ASU police assisted in the incident, but the case will be handled by the Phoenix police department, ASU Police Department spokesperson Katy Harris said. 

Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson Chris Gentry said the fire department was dispatched at 1:10 p.m. and the entire incident was over in about five minutes. 

Gentry did not have any information on if ASU students or faculty were on board, but did say no one was harmed during the incident. 


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