Woman identified in fatal crash involving light rail, truck

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A fatal wreck involving a light rail train and a truck Thursday morning shut down Hebron Street at South Boulevard in south Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

The incident happened about 9:20 a.m. Thursday, March 16 at the CATS LYNX Light Rail crossing on Hebron Street at South Blvd. 

Upon arrival, officers pronounced the driver of a 2001 Ford Explorer dead at the scene. 

The driver has been identified as Ashley Yvonne Riveron, 26. 

CMPD said the preliminary investigation determined the Explorer was traveling on Hebron Street towards South Boulevard when the driver of the vehicle failed to stop for the crossing arms and signals. 

The vehicle struck the crossing arms and entered the path of the CATS LYNX Light Rail train. The train was carrying 38 passengers. None of the passengers were taken to the hospital.  

Hebron Street between South Boulevard and Denmark Road was closed until 4 p.m. Thursday, according to CATS. Motorists were advised to use Denmark Road, Sweden Road and South Boulevard as a detour.

The Lynx Blue Line train will not be running south of Hebron for an unknown amount of time due to the investigation, according to CMPD.

The crash remains under investigation. Speed was not a factor in this crash.  It is unknown at this time if driver of the vehicle was impaired.  

In 2016, there were 48 near misses involving a light rail vehicle, four of which occurred at the Hebron Road crossing. In 2017, there have been 19 near misses involving a light rail vehicle thus far. Five of those near misses occurred at the Hebron Road crossing.