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Older wheelchair wheels cause of MTS crossing death?

Sometimes you can't beat the trolley

"I cross with my kids all the time and my kid's stroller gets stuck in between the tracks. I can only imagine poor guy being stuck."
"I cross with my kids all the time and my kid's stroller gets stuck in between the tracks. I can only imagine poor guy being stuck."

Before 1 pm on May 22, a tragic incident unfolded in South San Diego when a person was struck and killed by an MTS trolley, according to 619newsmedia.

San Diego MTS tweeted in part that Wednesday, "#MTSAlert Please expect delays along the Blue Line South between Palm and Iris at the 27th St. grade crossing due to police activity."

Dixon sent me photos of the tracks by Seaport Village and the convention center; some of the tracks' grooves were wider than others.


While no official reports were made afterward, locals commented on 619newsmedia's Instagram post in the comment section.

"It was a man on an electric wheelchair," a commenter named Alicia said.

Palmak9kennels added in part, "It’s right next to the police station .... They need to upgrade that crossing. I cross with my kids all the time and my kid's stroller gets stuck in between the tracks. I can only imagine poor guy being stuck and not being able to move."

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Rick Dixon has been riding the trolley since the 1980s. He saw the Instagram post regarding the May 22 accident. "I've seen wheelchairs almost get stuck," he told me. "It depends on the tire of the wheelchair." On June 8, Dixon sent me photos of the tracks by Seaport Village and the convention center; some of the tracks' grooves were wider than others.

"If he's was in an older wheelchair with thinner wheels, he could've got stuck," Don Franco told me in a recent interview. "I rode the trolley on Tuesday (June 4) and took my mountain bike; my tires can't get stuck in those [tramway] tracks; my tires are too thick. But them old school 10-speed tires are another story."

February trolley accident shot from NextDoor


In February, a cyclist "believed to be in his 70s" was struck by the trolley where Dixon took the photos — according to the Times of San Diego. While there was no update on the cyclist's name or if he survived, the Times said he was "suffering from injuries to his head and legs, authorities reported."

Some-Highlight-9470 on Reddit said he saw the accident happen. "I was waiting to turn on First when this happened ... I think he was trying to beat the trolley but couldn't make it in time, the trolley was moving really slow but still was a significant impact and he was dragged along a bit by the trolley. I called 911 immediately and people seemed to be on the scene quick. I really hope he's okay; he seemed instantly unconscious."

Last year, Jannell Greene, 43, was reportedly hit and killed by the trolley while skateboarding on Noell Street north of the San Diego Airport.

On the recent May 22 trolley accident post, e.m.i.l.y.blessed commented, "I use to work for MTS and weekly had to put all the MTS news clipping in a binder for the head folks to read. A lot of the accidents were people trying to beat the trolley."

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"I cross with my kids all the time and my kid's stroller gets stuck in between the tracks. I can only imagine poor guy being stuck."

Before 1 pm on May 22, a tragic incident unfolded in South San Diego when a person was struck and killed by an MTS trolley, according to 619newsmedia.

San Diego MTS tweeted in part that Wednesday, "#MTSAlert Please expect delays along the Blue Line South between Palm and Iris at the 27th St. grade crossing due to police activity."

Dixon sent me photos of the tracks by Seaport Village and the convention center; some of the tracks' grooves were wider than others.


While no official reports were made afterward, locals commented on 619newsmedia's Instagram post in the comment section.

"It was a man on an electric wheelchair," a commenter named Alicia said.

Palmak9kennels added in part, "It’s right next to the police station .... They need to upgrade that crossing. I cross with my kids all the time and my kid's stroller gets stuck in between the tracks. I can only imagine poor guy being stuck and not being able to move."

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Rick Dixon has been riding the trolley since the 1980s. He saw the Instagram post regarding the May 22 accident. "I've seen wheelchairs almost get stuck," he told me. "It depends on the tire of the wheelchair." On June 8, Dixon sent me photos of the tracks by Seaport Village and the convention center; some of the tracks' grooves were wider than others.

"If he's was in an older wheelchair with thinner wheels, he could've got stuck," Don Franco told me in a recent interview. "I rode the trolley on Tuesday (June 4) and took my mountain bike; my tires can't get stuck in those [tramway] tracks; my tires are too thick. But them old school 10-speed tires are another story."

February trolley accident shot from NextDoor


In February, a cyclist "believed to be in his 70s" was struck by the trolley where Dixon took the photos — according to the Times of San Diego. While there was no update on the cyclist's name or if he survived, the Times said he was "suffering from injuries to his head and legs, authorities reported."

Some-Highlight-9470 on Reddit said he saw the accident happen. "I was waiting to turn on First when this happened ... I think he was trying to beat the trolley but couldn't make it in time, the trolley was moving really slow but still was a significant impact and he was dragged along a bit by the trolley. I called 911 immediately and people seemed to be on the scene quick. I really hope he's okay; he seemed instantly unconscious."

Last year, Jannell Greene, 43, was reportedly hit and killed by the trolley while skateboarding on Noell Street north of the San Diego Airport.

On the recent May 22 trolley accident post, e.m.i.l.y.blessed commented, "I use to work for MTS and weekly had to put all the MTS news clipping in a binder for the head folks to read. A lot of the accidents were people trying to beat the trolley."

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