Driver killed in single-vehicle crash on light rail tracks in Aurora

Posted at 10:06 AM, Feb 20, 2022

AURORA, Colo. — A 33-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on RTD light rail tracks in Aurora Sunday morning. No light rail trains were involved.

It happened around 6 a.m. in the 2600 Block of South Abilene Street. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor.

The man was in a Dodge Ram pickup truck and was found on its side in the middle of the rail tracks, according to the Aurora Police Department.

The driver was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The man’s identity is being withheld until he has been positively identified and his next of kin has been notified.

Police said the driver was traveling northbound on Abilene Street when he traveled off the left side of the roadway and onto the sidewalk and into the parking lot of an office building at that location.

The truck continued to travel westbound through the parking lot, colliding with two fences and then dropping 6 feet down onto the RTD light rail tracks that run along Interstate 225 in the area, according to police.

The crash damaged the tracks, causing 15-minute delays on RTD's R and H lines, according to the transit agency. There is no estimated time on when repairs will be complete.