(Charlotte, North Carolina – November 11, 2011)
In the four years since the 2007 launch of the Charlotte, NC Area Transit System’s light rail commuter train operation (“The Lynx”), the Scaleybark Road station has experienced at least a dozen accidents, the most recent one involving a pedestrian Friday.
Local resident Thomas Lloyd, 28, said only “Divine intervention” prevented his death when he was struck a glancing blow by the passing train near the station. His was the third pedestrian accident at that point, the other incidents being train/car collisions.
Commuters and residents blame the design of the station stop, where people crossing the street must contend with at least three lanes of traffic: two motor vehicular and one train.
Charlotte City Councilman David Howard would not speculate as to whether changes needed to be made at the station until he had learned more.
“I can’t imagine in the world of mass transit that accidents don’t happen all over the place,” he commented. “A lot of it has to do with awareness on the part of operators and citizens.”