Cyclist collides with ION LRT train in Kitchener – Global News

Cyclist collides with ION LRT train in Kitchener - Global News
Cyclist hit by Ion train has significant head and leg injuries
A cyclist collided with an ION LRT train in Kitchener on Friday afternoon, a spokesperson from Grand River Transit told Global News.

They say the incident occurred at around 12:20 p.m. near the intersection of Courtland Avenue East and Nyberg Street.

Waterloo Regional Police say a man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

KITCHENER — A cyclist suffered \”significant head and leg injuries\” after he was struck by an LRT train Friday just before 12:30 p.m.

Its the first collision with an Ion train to result in injury since the light-rail transit began operating on June 21.

The collision happened on Ottawa Street South near Charles Street East, close to where the Iron Horse Trail crosses Ottawa. The street was closed to traffic as police investigated.

\”This is the second collision involving a light-rail vehicle and a cyclist. Its the first collision that has resulted in injuries that we are aware of,\” said Ion spokesperson TJ Flynn in an email.

Waterloo Regional Police are investigating after a cyclist was struck by an ION train in Kitchener. Acting Sgt. Jason Darnell said it happened Friday just before 12:30 p.m. in the Ottawa Street and Courtland Avenue area. 

The bicycles back wheel was pinned beneath the front of the train, which had been travelling toward King Street.

"An eastbound LRT was travelling on Ottawa Street, at that time it came in contact with a 52-year-old male operating a bicycle. The male party was taken to Grand River Hospital with unknown injuries."

The middle-aged cyclist was groaning as paramedics carefully moved him into a waiting ambulance. A witness told police she saw the cyclist get dragged a short way along the road after he was struck.

"This is the first serious collision that myself and our platoon has been involved with involving an LRT."

Hannah Swiderski was cycling along the Iron Horse Trail when she heard the trains horn blast and saw a man on the ground being tended to by paramedics.

\”I didnt see it happen, but I know the tracks are really treacherous and I know people whove been really hurt trying to cross them,\” she said.

There were about 40 passengers on the train at the time of the collision. They were taken from the scene in a Grand River Transit bus.