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1 injured in crash between car, light-rail train in Castle Shannon

Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - On Cooke Lane in Castle Shannon, police watch as a light rail transit vehicle tests the track where an accident involving a trolley and a car occurred on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Orange paint marks the scene where the car was pinned against the curb by the inbound trolley. Two people were in the car, and one was taken to the hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries. Service was halted briefly, but started up again around noon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>On Cooke Lane in Castle Shannon, police watch as a light rail transit vehicle tests the track where an accident involving a trolley and a car occurred on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Orange paint marks the scene where the car was pinned against the curb by the inbound trolley. Two people were in the car, and one was taken to the hospital with what is believed to be minor injuries. Service was halted briefly, but started up again around noon.
Photo courtesy of Castle Shannon Police Department - A car and the T collided on Tuesday in Castle Shannon, sending one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on July 15, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Photo courtesy of Castle Shannon Police Department</em></div>A car and the T collided on Tuesday in Castle Shannon, sending one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on July 15, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Police and Port Authority personnel clean up the intersection on Cooks Lane in Castle Shannon where a light rail transit train collided with a car on July 15, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Police and Port Authority personnel clean up the intersection on Cooks Lane in Castle Shannon where a light rail transit train collided with a car on July 15, 2014.

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By Bobby Kerlik
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:54 a.m.
 

Two people were briefly trapped inside a car in Castle Shannon when the vehicle and a T train car collided on Tuesday at a track crossing, officials said.

The crash occurred at 11:25 a.m. on Cook's Lane near the Arlington stop and Mt. Lebanon Boulevard. The car was traveling toward Mt. Lebanon Boulevard, police said.

An inbound red line train pinned the car against the guardrail. Emergency responders helped the two people inside the car get out, Port Authority officials and police said.

Flashing lights warn motorists not to cross the tracks when a T train is approaching, but the crossing is not equipped with a control arm that automatically lowers to prevent cars from crossing the tracks.

“Witnesses did say the lights were flashing so we don't know why the car crossed,” Castle Shannon police Chief Ken Truver said.

One of the car's passengers was taken to St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon with non-life-threatening injuries, Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

The red line was closed in both directions for less than an hour between Mt. Lebanon and Castle Shannon.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or bkerlik@tribweb.com.

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