2022 LRT lightning strike report released

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The lightning bolt that fried the LRT power lines in the summer of 2022 carried a current of between 30,000 and 100,000 amperes

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and downed nearly a kilometre of wire, according to a report on the incident for next Friday’s Transit Commission meeting.

The lighting strike during a thunderstorm on the night of July 24 hit the uppermost wire of the train’s overhead catenary cables near Hurdman Station. The sudden and massive surge of power — by comparison only about 15 amperes flows into your toaster — defeated the LRT’s surge protectors and travelled along the cable until it reached the Highway 417 overpass near Lees Station, the report says. There it “flashed over” to the bridge itself and went to ground.

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