Man struck by light rail in downtown Phoenix, expected to survive

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(Valley Metro Photo)

PHOENIX — A man was struck by a Valley Metro light rail train in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said.

Capt. Kenny Overton with the Phoenix Fire Department said the approximately 40-year-old man was “trapped under the light rail for a time” before he was rescued.

The man was taken to a trauma facility in critical condition, but was expected to survive, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told KTAR News 92.3 FM in an email.

Overton said the man was “alert” and “complaining of rib pain” when he was first rescued.

The collision occurred before noon at First Avenue and Van Buren Street. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

Thompson said the light rail would operate on a single track to minimize delays, but the stations at First Avenue and Van Buren Street, First Avenue and Jefferson Street and Third Street and Jefferson streets would be closed for some time.

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