Statement regarding light rail accident near Shaker Square

Jan 31, 2020

CLEVELAND, OH -- At approximately 12:05 a.m., Sunday, January 26, two Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) light rail vehicles made contact near the intersection of the Blue/Green Line at the Shaker Square junction, just east of Shaker Square rapid station.

One Blue Line train proceeded eastbound along the Green Line, making contact with a second Blue Line train that was headed west from Warrensville/Van Aken.

No passengers were injured. Both operators were transported to the hospital, and released.

Rail service on the Blue/Green Line was suspended and replaced with buses for approximately one hour after the accident.

With the start of service, at 3:37 a.m., buses replaced trains until both Blue and Green Line service was restored at 6:30 a.m.

Prior to resuming service, RTA’s staff inspected track and signaling systems and verified both as safe for operations.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation, and both rail operators remain off duty, pending further review of the incident.

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