Mixing trains and cars is fun!

Woman injured when Light Rail train hits pickup (Nathan Gonzalez, Arizona Republic)

One passenger was slightly injured when a Metro Light Rail train slammed into a pickup Sunday morning.

The 2003 Chevrolet pickup was traveling eastbound on Van Buren Avenue at Central Avenue about 7:15 a.m., when it failed to stop at a red traffic light, said Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

The train was unable to stop as it traveled northbound and collided with the passenger side of the pickup, which was carrying four people, including the 29-year-old male driver, a woman and two young children.

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Five passengers aboard the Light Rail were not injured. The collision halted service of the train for about 45 minutes.

Wow, it’s not just Houston’s bad drivers who have trouble with trains. Bad drivers are in other places too!

Nicely done, Phoenix. Keep up the good work!

Idiot driver taunts Danger Train

Here’s a fun photo I snapped earlier with my cameraphone:

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I’m in the Jeep, headed east on Elgin at Main.

The pickup driver is making an illegal left turn headed southbound on Main. He is sitting on TWO Danger Train tracks as he waits for traffic to clear (in the rain) so that he can make his illegal turn.

Sadly, the Danger Train was nowhere to be found. I was all set to document the collision!

Danger Train takes out Med Center driver

Metro train hits car making illegal turn onto Fannin (Houston Chronicle)

Police are investigating an accident at the Texas Medical Center today involving a Metropolitan Transit Authority light rail train, officials said.

According to preliminary information, the light rail train struck the car about 12:20 p.m. after the driver made an illegal left turn from John Freeman onto Fannin, authorities said.

There were no reported injuries, Metro officials said.

Drivers still haven’t learned to watch out for the Danger Train!

It is going to be fun when drivers start running into the thing along the much busier Westpark Richmond line.

Danger!

Teen Stabbed With Screwdriver On Train (KPRC-2 News)

A man with a screwdriver stabbed a teenager on a light-rail train Wednesday afternoon in downtown Houston, officials told KPRC Local 2.

METRO police said a 30-year-old man stabbed the teen just before 4 p.m. as the teen went to exit the train at the Ensemble METRO light-rail station on Main Street at Holman.

Why a screwdriver?

Danger Train preps for Halloween

Several injured in Houston light rail train collision (Houston Chronicle)

A light rail train struck a sport utility vehicle in downtown Houston today when the driver went through a stop light at the intersection, Metro police said. The train hit the Chrysler Aspen broadside about 3:15 p.m. on Main at Pease.

The driver and the passenger in the SUV were taken to hospitals, along with about seven people in the train who said the accident injured them, authorities said. Their conditions were not immediately known. The accident remains under investigation.

Hey, I have a GREAT idea — let’s build MORE light rail down the middle of busy, congested surface streets and see what happens!

UPDATE: KTRK-13 posts photos.

UPDATE 2: KHOU-11 reports. And KPRC-2.

UPDATE 3: KTRK-13 reports (on air, no link yet) tonight that a METRO bus hit a pedestrian tonight. METRO admitted its driver was at fault. However, that must be mistaken, as defenders of METRO insist the organization is never at fault for anything, ever. :)

UPDATE 4: Here is the Chron story about UPDATE 3:

A Metro bus struck and injured a woman in downtown Houston this afternoon.

The bus was turning from Walker onto Bagby shortly before 5 p.m. when it hit the woman, who was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with arm, neck and back injuries, said Metro spokeswoman Raequel Roberts.

No one on the bus was injured in the accident.

The bus driver was at fault because the woman had the right of way as a pedestrian, Roberts said.

She said the driver will undergo drug testing and an investigation by First Transit, the company that runs garages for Metro.

Runs garages? Umm, a garage didn’t hit a pedestrian. A bus did.