R Line derails at Sable and Exposition Wednesday — several injured, road closed

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AURORA
|  Multiple people were injured and some taken to the hospital after an RTD R Line train derailed at the intersection of Sable and Exposition Boulevard on Wednesday in Aurora.

The intersection will be closed for an extended period of time, according to police. It remained closed Thursday morning.

RTD spokesperson Christina Zazueta said the accident took place sometime before 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Zazueta said Thursday the agency had no new information about the derailment, but an investigation is ongoing.

“First-arriving crews called for more AFR units and ambulances right away,” Fire Rescue officials said in a tweet.  “In total, 24 people were evaluated by paramedics. Only three were transported to a local hospital.”

The injuries of those transported were described as non-life threatening. 

This is the second derailment of the R Line at the same intersection, where a sharp turn is part of the line. In early 2019, a woman’s leg was amputated after being injured during the derailment. The RTD driver was cleared of criminal charges after the derailment but his “actions and inactions” were blamed for the crash.

RTD is currently running bus shuttles between Lincoln Station to Florida Station and between Peoria Station and 13th Avenue, Zazueta said.

Aurora Police Agent Matthew Longshore said that the train did not crash into any vehicles or people but that the roadway was gouged and will require significant repairs.

“It’s going to be shut down for quite a while,” he said.

Police are currently holding the scene for the National Transportation Safety Board, which will investigate the accident, Longshore said.

“There will continue to be numerous first responders on scene for quite a while,” APD said on its Twitter page. “All of Exposition and Sable will be closed for the foreseeable future. Please use Chambers or Abilene as your alternative routes.”

Police said the intersection was still closed as of Thursday morning.

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Trebor Cadeau
Trebor Cadeau
2 days ago

Too fast around that curve, again?
Or was something in the flangeway and caused a wheel to ride up over the rail?
Why not more photoshowing what happened? How did that one rail vehiclend up on the sidewalk? Why no photos of the gouges in the pavement?