The video posted on Barstool 49ers shows the truck speeding past the Bland Street stop while wobbling down the tracks. Another video posted on the same account shows what appears to be a fight unfolding moments before.
In the video, you can see men throwing punches before one group leaves in a black Chevy newer model pickup truck. The driver makes a right turn onto the tracks and speeds down the path close to 100 yards before the video turns off.
Queen City News showed the video to people on the rail trail near the Bland Street stop where it happened. “It’s not smart, it’s inconsiderate,” Cooper Kinsey, Charlotte resident said. “There’s a lot of people and a lot going on with the football season starting back up this place gets active.”
There are skid marks on Bland Street in front of a bar that has its grand opening scheduled in two weeks. You can see signs posted along the tracks telling drivers and pedestrians no trespassing on the tracks.
A spokesman from CATS said maintenance crews inspected the tracks and they are still safe.
“I feel like when alcohol and different things happen it can happen anywhere like people just act silly,” Ashlyn Hines from Charlotte said. “People don’t act how they’d hope to if they weren’t intoxicated, but that doesn’t change my opinion of the area but just people in general it’s kinda scary how they can behave.”
CATS released the following statement on Monday:
“In reference to the video circulating of a truck driving on the LYNX Blue Line tracks: We were alerted to the video yesterday morning and promptly dispatched our Maintenance of Way team to inspect the area of concern.
Their thorough inspection confirmed the safety and integrity of the rail tracks. We extend our deepest gratitude to the community members who alerted us to the issue and to our dedicated staff who acted swiftly to ensure public safety.
As for the altercation captured in the video prior to the track incident, CATS has no information on this matter. Thank you for your continued support and trust in CATS. Public safety remains our highest priority.”
No word if charges have been filed in connection to this incident.