St. Paul hosts Metro Transit light rail accident drill - KMSP-TV

St. Paul hosts Metro Transit light rail accident drill

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Metro Transit Police and Rail Operations and St. Paul police and fire are conducting a drill on Sunday to simulate light rail vehicle and car collisions with injuries.

The "basic preparedness exercise" will take place on Sunday afternoon at the intersection of University and Raymond avenues and is intended to help acclimate front-line responders to light-rail vehicles and systems and to strengthen working relationships between public safety agencies.

About 15 participants will help simulate incidents around and aboard stationary vehicles.

No significant traffic impacts are expected. Officers will be on-site to provide temporary general traffic management if necessary.

EXAMPLE SCENARIO

As an example, first responders participating in the drill will see a pretend victim with the following symptoms:

Rapid removal of unstable patient from vehicle

Moulage: Patient is shocky with peripheral cyanosis
Patient has bruises on thorax
Patient has bruising over wrist

Scenario: You are responding to a crash with injuries

Vital signs: BP: 66/40, P: 110 & thready, R: 26

Information: Patient responds only to pain

Patient has shortness of breath

PAST INCIDENTS

In January, a man was hit and killed by a Metro Transit light rail train at 42nd and Hiawatha, marking the second death at the intersection involving a light rail train.

A 49-year-old man was killed last March after his car collided with a light rail train at 26th and Hiawatha. Initial reports indicated the car was trying to go under or around the arm gate.

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