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Man killed, another person seriously injured after train collides with vehicle in south Charlotte

CATS officials say they are working closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police during this investigation.
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 11:14 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2021 at 12:11 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was killed and another person was seriously injured after a train collided with a vehicle on Monday night in south Charlotte.

Mecklenburg EMS says the crash happened at the intersection of South Boulevard and East Hebron Street. According to Charlotte Area Transit System, a southbound LYNX Blue Line train collided with a vehicle at the Hebron Street grade crossing.

CMPD detectives say officers arrived on scene and found a Toyota Tundra and a LYNX Blue Line train which had been damaged as a result of a collision. 

The driver of the Toyota, identified as 27-year-old Baltazar Tiquiram Us, was pronounced dead on scene by MEDIC.

None of the four passengers aboard the Light Rail train reported injuries; however, MEDIC did take the front passenger of the Toyota to the hospital with serious injuries.

CMPD’s preliminary investigation indicates the LYNX Blue Line train was headed southbound and passing East Hebron Street when the driver of the Toyota drove around the crossing arms and into the path of the Light Rail train, causing the collision. 

Detectives say the train operator sounded the horn while it was approaching the crossing, and the crossing arms’ warning lights were operational and flashing.

The investigation into this collision is active and ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the crash should contact detectives at 704-432-2169, extension 3.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

CATS officials say they are working closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police during this investigation.

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