Snow, Ice Overpower Light Rail Power Lines

Updated: 04/11/2013 6:36 PM By: Tim Sherno

It's not unusual for cars and trucks to struggle in snowy commutes, but nothing was immune from the ice and snow dropped by the rare April snowstorm that moved through Minnesota Thursday.

An articulating bus jackknifed on Interstate 694 and Highway 5 in Oakdale, passengers had to be moved to another bus to complete their commute.

Trains on the Hiawatha Light Rail Line were stalled when snow and ice build up on overhead electrical lines disrupted the power supply.  Metro Transit Spokesman John Siqveland says some trains are equipped with special blades that remove snow and ice build up as trains move along the tracks. Siqveland says snow and ice build up on lines too quickly and disrupted the power supply, "This has only happen in a handful of times and 8 1/2 year history the Hiawatha line has been operating."