Driver in serious condition after crashing into Valley Metro light rail in Phoenix

Posted at 8:09 AM, Dec 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-30 21:47:56-05

Officials are investigating after a couple of vehicles crashed into a light rail train in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Fire Department said the crash with the light rail happened Friday morning near the intersection of 16th and Washington streets.

Air15 video showed two vehicles involved in the crash.

A spokesman from Phoenix fire said one of the drivers was transported to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

Two people riding the rail jumped into action when the crash happened.

They say a driver ran a red light, plowing straight into a light rail car.

"It was a nice jarring 'wham' and then you heard a crunch and a 'wham' again," said Josh Thompson. "All we see is smashed vehicles, we hop out of the train after a minute."

Thompson and another man, who both served in the military, wasted no time in trying to help the driver of one of the vehicles involved.

"All I saw was this thing break, the window break. We pushed the rest of the window out," Thompson said. "This guy grabbed him from under his armpits, I lifted his legs, we got him out from under there."