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3 injured in RTD light rail derailment in Aurora

The R Line train derailed at the intersection of Exposition Avenue and Sable Boulevard – shuttle buses will replace the train on that route.

AURORA, Colo. — Three people were taken to the hospital after a Regional Transportation District (RTD) light rail train derailed in Aurora on Wednesday afternoon. 

The R Line train derailed at the intersection of Exposition Avenue and Sable Boulevard around 3:45 p.m.

The Aurora Police Department (APD) said paramedics checked out 24 people riding on the train and three people were taken to the hospital and are expected to be okay. 

The APD said there will be "numerous first responders on the scene for quite a while" and that the intersection will be closed for up to 12 hours.

RTD said shuttle buses will replace R Line service on that route due to the derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board said it is gathering information about the derailment. 

Trains will run between Lincoln Station to Florida Station and between Peoria Station and 13th Avenue Station while a bus bridge is being put in place, according to the RTD website.

This is the second derailment at this intersection in the past four years. A woman was ejected when another R Line train derailed there during a snowstorm in 2019. Several other people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after that derailment

From January 2019: Woman ejected from train after it derails in Aurora during early morning snowstorm

From February 2019: RTD: Operator of derailed light rail train in Aurora approached curve too fast, causing woman to be ejected

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