RTD: Pedestrian sitting on tracks struck by A Line in RiNo

A view southwest along the rails from the pedestrian bridge at 38th and Blake. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
A view southwest along the rails from the pedestrian bridge at 38th and Blake. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
A view southwest along the rails from the pedestrian bridge at 38th and Blake. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

A person was struck by an A Line train near the 38th and Blake rail station in River North, according to Denver Police Department and RTD.

DPD reported the collision just after 1 a.m. Friday, saying the pedestrian had been hospitalized. RTD spokesman Nate Currey said that the pedestrian was not struck at the rail station itself.

“It was actually a little further south of that — approximately 34th or 35th and Blake,” he said. “Someone was trespassing on our tracks. Our operator reported that she was sitting on the tracks when she was struck.”

If correct, that would mean the person was on the tracks several blocks from any designated crossing. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition, Currey said.

“Just remind people to be safe around the tracks. Don’t sit down, don’t mess around,” Currey said, noting that he was worried about further incidents because many people drink heavily on Cinco de Mayo.

The A Line had returned to normal service by commuting hours this morning.

 

Andrew Kenney

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