Man hit by light rail train in Norfolk

WAVY/Walter Hildebrand
WAVY/Walter Hildebrand

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man was hit by a light rail train Friday afternoon in Downtown Norfolk.

According to police, the 42-year-old man was walking on Union Street behind a light rail train and did not see an oncoming train. That train struck him around 12:45 p.m.

“We do know that both trains were moving at the same time, so the person may not have known an eastbound train was coming when they were walking out,” said Alisa Crider, a spokeswoman with Hampton Roads Transit.

Photos: Person hit by Norfolk light rail train

WAVY’s Erin Kelly reports that passengers were getting off of the train following the accident. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) tweeted Friday afternoon that light rail trains were stopped due to the accident.

The light rail train left the scene a short time later, and the road was re-opened.

Police said the man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

An HRT spokesperson told 10 On Your Side this is the first time in the five-year history of light rail in Norfolk that a person has been hit.

WAVY News spoke to a witness, Matt Henry, who rushed to help the victim. He said he saw the train about to strike the man, but didn’t see the collision.

“By the time that I saw it, the guy looked like he’d gone under. I thought he was dead for sure,” he said.

Henry has combat trauma training from the Navy, and rushed to help.

“As soon as it happened, I ran to my truck to get my truck bag to see if there was anything to help him out. Luckily, it didn’t look like there’s anything wrong with him, just bruising.”

“Our whole operations team will investigate. We will pull the video and watch that and review the situation so we can try to find out what happened,” Crider explained.

She says the driver has not been cited.