Surveillance video shows light rail train hit man in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Roads Transit released new surveillance video Wednesday of an accident involving a light rail train and a pedestrian.

Police said on Friday, Nov. 18, that 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.

HRT released new video from a camera attached to the train, which shows how exactly the accident unfolded.

The video shows a westbound train coming toward the front of the screen. There are pedestrians seen waiting to cross to the left of the screen. As the train passes, it appears the three pedestrians don’t realize that another train, on the opposite tracks, is approaching them. The pedestrians begin to cross when two of the three realize the second train is coming. They turn and run, but the third person, a man, seems to not notice and steps in front of the oncoming train.

10 On Your Side spoke to a witness, Matt Henry, on the day of the accident. He had combat trauma training from the Navy and rushed to help the man who had been hit.

“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.”

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

“This is an example of how important it is to pay attention to signs and signals,” said Tom Holden of HRT. “Trains do not swerve, tracks are for trains. We stress this constantly to people. Please watch when you’re around trains. Look both ways, and be careful.”

Officials say the light rail train was going about 10 miles an hour at the time of the accident. The train weighs about 100,000 pounds.