Car Hits Light-Rail Train in Phoenix -- Right Outside Our Door; Looks Like No Injuries

Categories: The Rail Thing

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Image: Ray Stern
A man driving a Caddy side-swiped the eastbound light-rail train at Jefferson and 12th Streets a few minutes ago.

If you're waiting for the eastbound light-rail train right now, it may be a few more minutes. A guy in a Cadillac just side-swiped the train at 12th Street and Jefferson, just outside our door.

The collision happened about 15 minutes ago, interrupting us with the sound of a "thud" and then screeching tires. Fender-benders happen a couple of times a year at that intersection, so we didn't think anything of it until a New Times employee told us it involved the choo-choo, at which point we took a moment to check on the scene and snap a quick picture with the iPhone.

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The old guy who appears to have been the Caddy's driver looked a bit stunned, but unhurt. Passengers on the train, meanwhile, stood patiently as they waited for the cops to take their report.

The train looked mostly unfazed but it'll probably will be taken off the system for a while; we're calling Metro now to find out if this means any serious delays.

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Hillary Foose, light-rail spokeswoman, confirms that no one was injured in the collision. Some passengers waiting for a train on the eastbound line experienced delays from 10 to 25 minutes, she says.


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Garage Equipment
Garage Equipment

This kind of accident can be easily prevented,you know. We must be always cautious especially while driving. 

Dark Man
Dark Man

Usually the ones driving a caddy are either geriatrics like that of Seinfield's parents or Black pimp.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You know it's a good day of reporting when the story comes to you...

The Standard of The World
The Standard of The World

1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham - weighing in at 4,285 lbs.vs.2009  tandem car commuter train - weighing in at 58 tons.

Well shit, Maudie, I guess ya shoulda checked that power operated piece of glass mounted on the door... it's called a "mirror", and it's what folks use before executing a turn that may impede another vehicles right-of-way...  especially if the other vehicle's a train, you fucking idiot !!!!

The train is the "shit" for those touring from the world famous mall at Bethany & 19 to the - wherever the hell it ends up at in Mesa, though, why anyone would want to go to Mesa is beyond me.

But God help you if the choo-choo does a no-no while you're on it. Sure you can crack open the plastic thing, turn the handle that allows for manual opening of the doors for a hasty exit, but that will also bring an immediate, and no doubt massive, police response; helicopters, canines, incontinent cops armed with auto-fire assault rifles.

I abondoned the S/B line 19 bus one fine day, thinking I would save at least 20 minutes by taking the delightful commuter train to work at 16th St & Jefferson.Wrong - Wrong - Wrong.The stupid train pulled out of the Montebello terminus, crossed through the intersection... and stopped. It stayed stopped for SEVENTY FIVE MINUTES, due to a malfunctioning track alignment switch that kept us on the opposing side of the tracks. The chicken-shit moron driving the train refused to open the doors, and refused to back the train into the station so we could egress safely - and, oh God, yes, legally.So I sat in the goddamned thing watching bus after bus pass by going south. Finally, some big, fat oaf from the choo choo train office showed up and did what I asked the lame-ass choo choo driver to do in the first place... back the stupid thing into the station and let me the hell off. I D I O T S !!!

Theoldman
Theoldman

Probably didn't see the train.    They are pretty small, you know.

Hock
Hock

Train wins.  Trains always win.

The Standard of The World
The Standard of The World

I'm guessing old white guy.Can't be a pimpmobile, I don't see a paisly landau roof, "Lakes Pipes" or a continental kit.But I'd bet the old white dude uttered something ethnic at time of impact like:

Mutha-Fucka !!!

Anon
Anon

The Standard of the World, Your comment is truly hilarious. I needed a laugh today after watching video reruns of the Thomas/Aubuchon/RachelAlexander abuse of power/possible disbarment.

The Standard of The World
The Standard of The World

Anon,

Thank you. I always try to find comedy in human idiocy - even my own.I was wondering if anyone would get the "Cadillac/Standard of The World" gag. It's kind of old school.And the Thomas Crime Syndicate disbarment hearings will hopefully result in what Mr. Thomas truly deserves...A pair of pink underpants !!!Steve Tracy

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