One hurt after driving around light rail arm, crashes into train in south Charlotte

Police: Driver tried to beat light rail train before crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was injured in a crash with a light rail train in south Charlotte.

The wreck occurred Thursday afternoon at Sweden Road and South Boulevard, near the Sharon Road West station.

Officials at the scene told WBTV that a driver attempted to beat the train, went around the arms and crashed into the train.

Officials said there were nine passengers on the train, but none were injured.

CMPD said a 2014 Toyota Corolla was found next to the train tracks with heavy damage to its left side. The train had front-end damage and scratches on the right side.

One person, identified as 62-year-old Ernal Dean Fulp, was transported to Atrium Health Carolina’s Medical Center Main with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. There were no other passengers in the car.

Officials said a vehicle extrication was performed by Charlotte and Pineville fire departments.

Fulp was cited for reckless driving and failure to stop at a railroad crossing. Police said impairment is not suspected.

The LYNX Blue Line trains experienced delays due to the accident.

CATS officials said there was a bus bridge between the Sharon Road West and Arrowood stations to transport passengers.

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