Raw Video: Test driver crashes into light rail train

Raw Video: Test driver crashes into light rail train

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 5:25 PM

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- New video released Thursday shows the moment of impact when a light rail train and car collided in south Charlotte Tuesday morning.

The accident happened around 10:30 a.m. along Hebron Street near South Boulevard when a man was test driving a bronze Chevy HHR with a salesman, who was in the front passenger's seat.  The vehicle belongs to Drive Time used car dealership at 7301 South Boulevard.

“His recollection of it—the train arms came down and the person driving tried to go around the arms and they were clipped by the train at that point,” said Eric Pierce, the regional manager of Drive Time.

Police said 19 people were on board the train, and four of them went to the hospital as a precaution.  The driver, his young son and the salesman in the car were not hurt.

It's the third related incident in the last two months along the Charlotte light rail, but officials said overall there have been fewer accidents in 2012 compared to prior years.

"We’re not seeing a dramatic increase…we just had ones that have been high profile," CATS spokesperson Olaf Kinard said Thursday.

"In my 11-plus years, it's the first time I've ever heard of something this severe," Pierce added.

"Clearly the individual ran through the gates.  It’s unfortunate that it occurred.  It's fortunate that no one was seriously injured," Kinard added.  "We just hope that people pay attention to the flashing lights and the down gates and the bells and whistles that go along with the train coming through the tracks."

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