Statement from the DTC regarding fatal incident 5-15-2016

DTC Statement following the fatal incident on the Detroit People Mover

Last evening at 8:36 PM, a passenger of the Detroit People Mover fell onto the tracks as he attempted to board the train at the Times Square Station.  According to security video at the station, the victim stepped between the two cars of the train and fell onto the track just before the train resumed its automated movement.  The victim, an African American male, was then dragged and died as a result of his injuries.

Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

At this time, we do not have a time established to reopen the system.   Crews are currently working to inspect the system and vehicles to ensure safety prior to reopening.  One train incurred minor damage as a result, and it is being repaired.

At the time of the incident there were no mechanical or operational problems with the People Mover system.

Further updates will be shared as developments warrant.


About DPM System Safety

With daily service for over 28 years and more than 2.3 million riders annually, the People Mover has had a strong safety record, with guidelines developed to protect DPM riders.

Detroit Transit Police are deployed throughout the People Mover to patrol the stations and trains, as well as Rosa Parks Transit Center and DDOT buses.

Since the DPM first opened, major incidents on the People Mover have included a derailment caused by the landing of a street manhole cover onto the guideway at Cadillac Center Station (1990); flare of power rail heat tape (2003); vehicle derailment at Times Square (2015) and one patron stepping onto guideway resulting in fatal injury (2016).

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