METRO light rail car involved in wreck at Main Street and Elgin

Thursday June 23, 2011: three people were injured in a collision between a Houston METRO rail and a passenger car on Main Street at Elgin. The accident happened on the northbound tracks at around 2:30pm. METRO says that a passenger car heading eastbound on Elgin disregarded a red light and crashed into the light rail car, then spun out and hit another vehicle. The second vehicle then hit a third. Three people were injured in the accident: two were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for their injuries. One of the people injured was on the light rail, the other two injured people were in the motor vehicles. Here is ABC Channel 13’s Eyewitness News report. The Houston Chronicle’s story is here. Smith & Hassler represents the person who was injured while riding in the light rail car.

A car ran a red light at Main Street and Elgin in downtown Houston, crashing into a METRO light rail and other vehicles.

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