Man struck by light rail train in downtown Phoenix, prompting delays

The 54-year-old man is currently in the hospital for his serious injuries

A 54-year old man is seriously injured after being struck by a Valley Metro light rail train at First Avenue and Van Buren Street Wednesday afternoon, prompting station closures along the railway.

"Initial thoughts were that he had jumped in front of the light rail," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department. "But he probably stumbled onto the track."  

When Phoenix Fire Department officials arrived at the scene, the man was trapped underneath the light rail, according to an article by azcentral.

The man has not been identified but has been transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention. 

Earlier, the light rail switched its operation to a “single track” in order to minimize delays, but routes are now back to normal and all stations are open. 

Valley Metro said it would not comment because the Phoenix Police Department is still investigating the situation.


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