Detroit People Mover derails, crashing into platform during auto show

The Detroit People Mover in downtown. Photo by Steve Neavling
The Detroit People Mover in downtown. Photo by Steve Neavling

Update below:

A Detroit People Mover car derailed and struck a platform Thursday night, shutting down the rail service as thousands of people are expected to converge downtown this weekend for the North American International Auto Show. Buy premarin 0.625mg

Authorities were scrambling to determine what caused the car to skip a rail near the Rosa Parks Transit Center.

No one was injured.

City officials were encouraging people to use DDOT buses until rail service is resumed.

On Friday morning, the Detroit Transportation Corporation announced the People Mover would not only be operating all day, but the rides will be free. Buy strattera 40mg

The Detroit Transportation Corporation issued this release Friday morning:

The DTC maintenance division, which includes mechanical and electrical engineers and technicians with over 25 years of experience with the People Mover system, has inspected the guide way track through the night in preparation of the resumption of service. Trains will be released gradually into service, upon clearance of inspections. Arrival times will be slightly affected.

On the evening of January 22, at approximately 10:10 p.m. the rear car of one of the Detroit People Mover (DPM) trains experienced a component failure causing that vehicle to move out of alignment.  The train stopped in position at the Times Square Station at which time the rear car derailed.

The automated vehicle controls remained online; all other trains in service were in communication with operators in the Control Center and were directed to their next station.  All passengers exited the train, there were no injuries reported.

By 10:30 p.m. all trains and stations were closed in order to secure the system and begin the investigation of the incident.  A component dislodged causing the rear car to lean toward the inside of the track.  The failure was isolated to the one car only.  The vehicle has been removed from service.



Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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