Thursday, March 16, 2017

Female driver killed by a LYNX light rail train in south Charlotte, after she drove her truck past the railroad crossing arms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A woman was killed Thursday morning after the truck she was driving collided with a LYNX light rail train in south Charlotte, paramedics told Channel 9.

Authorities responded to the wreck just before 10 a.m. at the crossing on Hebron Street and South Boulevard, not far from the Carolina Place Mall.

When Channel 9 arrived at the scene, the front windshield of the train was shattered and the pickup truck was split in two.

Officers told Eyewitness News that the woman driving the truck appeared to have driven past the crossing arms before the crash happened.

Charlotte Area Transit Systems officials said there is no light rail service near the crash site. They do have a bus bridge from Interstate 485 to Archdale Drive and train service is running from Archdale Station to 7th Street.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said it appears that no one on board the light rail was hurt.

Charlotte Department of Transportation said Hebron Street between South Boulevard and Denmark will be closed until 4 p.m. Thursday. Drivers can use Denmark Road, Sweden Road and South Boulevard as a detour.