Elderly man makes U-turn directly in front of moving light rail.
The Pioneer Press's top web story for today informed the public about an accident between a mini van and the light rail train. A 77-year-old man driving north along side the train, which was also going north, decided to make a u-turn right in front of the train. The man's van was totalled but he was not seriously injured. The Star Tribune also had coverage of the story and they included that thankfully the area it happened, the train drives at a slower pace of 30 mph. The train was out of order for an hour and it is under inspection, but it does not show much damage. The man in the accident suffured little injuries but was taken to the hospital to be checked just in case.
The Star Tribune's coverage at http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1426411.html seemed more thorough although the extra information seemed like unnecessary bulk such as "the driver's attempt to turn on the train tracks is not an advised maneuver." The Pioner Press's article at http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_6912862?nclick_check=1 included the most important information and kept it short.
The Pioneer Press' lead for the article was a quote and it was over 35 words in length which were aspects I found strange. However, the quote provided the who, what, where, when, and how information which was all the main and most important details. Therefore, I thought the it was a successful lead. Although the lead is in a quote, I still believe it is a direct lead. The information in the lead was all pretty general, no exact names or the action that led to the accident, but instead what informally occured and whether or not anyone was injured. Basically the main impact was in the lead.