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On Leads

The lead from KSTP 5: A light rail train slammed into a mini-van on Sunday at the intersection of 52nd Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis.

This is a straightforward hard-news lead. There are three news elements in the lead, what, when, and where. The only detail in the lead is the location, which in this local story is important to include. The rest of it is pretty general. Who was involved is mentioned in the next sentence, along with how it happened. This lead does the job of telling the most important information and setting up the rest of the article.