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Light-rail train kills man at 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue

By Ryan Prescher

A northbound train hit a man at 2:45 p.m. at the 46th Street Station Wednesday in South Minneapolis, the Star Tribune article “Light-rail train hits, kills man in south Minneapolis? by Courtney Blanchard stated. All the safety warnings were working at the time of the accident, and police are still unclear about why the man was on the tracks, the article stated. The victim, who died at the scene, did not have any identification. This is the second death at the 46th Street Station and the fifth death along the Hiawatha light rail line since it opened in 2004. Buses transported people along the line until the trains started running around 4 p.m., the article stated.

The Star Tribune article is well written and very well organized. All of the most important information is up towards the top of the story with the less important information at the bottom. The authorities are sourced along with the Metro Transit Assistant General Manager Julie Johanson. In addition, the article has statements by Chris Fitzharris who was trying to get to the airport Wednesday evening. The following statement was the ending of the story, “I’m pretty sure this will be the start of all my delays,’ Fitzharris said.? While the shutdown of the light rail line was an inconvenience, a man died. By adding this component into the story, it makes the death of the man less important.

Another source that reported this accident was KSTP.com. The article “Man killed by LRT in south Mpls.? by Nicole Muelhausen, was very concise and reported on what was most important to the story. The article explained where the accident happened and where trains were shut down. According to this article, train service was only shut down from Franklin Avenue to Fort Snelling. In the Star Tribune article, it did not specifically state. The article also states the increase in number of passengers due to Thanksgiving, but the article ends with a more serious note stating that this is the fifth incident since the light rail opened.