Derailed light rail car back on tracks

John Hageman

A Hiawatha line light rail car is back on the tracks after being derailed late Wednesday night in downtown Minneapolis.

According to Metro Transit, the cause of the derailment is under investigation. KSTP reports that a chunk of ice was the culprit.

No one was injured in incident. It was the first derailment of a train car on the Hiawatha line since it opened in 2004

According to a Metro Transit release, the lead car of the northbound train derailed at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after switching tracks between the Nicollet Mall and Warehouse District Stations. The second car uncoupled from the lead, and didn’t derail.

Rail service was suspended between the two stations until 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and a crew got the car back on the tracks about an hour later, according to the release.

Service on the derailed train resumed Thursday afternoon, according to Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland.