Police: Light rail station death an industrial accident

10:52 AM, Dec 8, 2010   |    comments
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According to Denver Police, they received a call around 2 p.m. about a man who was hit by a train.

The light rail station was closed until around 4:45 p.m. It has reopened, but RTD says there could still be some delays.

Police say the man somehow got on the light rail tracks, past the barbed wire, and was struck by the train.

RTD spokesman Scott Reed says the man who was hit was trespassing and was in a restricted area. Reed says the man was trying to beat the train as he tried to cross the tracks from the west side. That is the side where the freight tracks are located.

Reed says the driver saw the man and hit the emergency brake. Sand is released onto the track to get traction, but trains in that area run 50 mph and it takes awhile to stop, so the driver was not able to stop in time.

Reed says they are unsure how the man got to the tracks. He could have either climbed a fence or come in on a freight train or come from another location.

Homicide investigators were on the scene, but police say that was just protocol.

RTD says buses and passengers were re-routed around the station while it was closed. Buses transported passengers from the Broadway station to the 10th and Osage station.

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