Several people were injured when a car collided with a train on the Blue Line, police officials said. The incident happened Friday morning about 7 a.m. in Long Beach, occurring near Long Beach Blvd. and 14th St, according to Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo.
Details about the crash were not immediately available. It wasn’t clear what caused the accident, or if drugs or alcohol could have been a factor.
Five people from the train were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries, according to Matthew Dobberpuhl of the Long Beach Fire Department. The five people complained of neck and pack pain.
One person from the vehicle was also transported to an area hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t available or known. It also wasn’t clear if the injured person was the driver or a passenger.
Service was delayed between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim stations, but wasn’t disrupted between downtown Los Angeles and Willow stations.
The names of those injured were not released, nor was the condition of those sent to the hospital immediately available. No charges have been filed in relation to the crash at this time.
A car collided with a commuter train today in Los Angeles.
The accident left 13 people were injured, two of them seriously. The driver of the car, a minivan, didn’t have serious injuries. The driver declined to be transported to a medical facility.
The accident occurred around 10 a.m. when the minivan, a Toyota Sienna, apparently ran a red light said Metro spokesman Marc Littman in an interview with WCSH 9 Portland. The accident occurred south of downtown Los Angeles. The accident involved a northbound Blue Line train at an intersection.
Twelve people who were on the train were taken to the hospital said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main in an interview with WCSH 9 Portland. Ten were listed in fair condition, with two in serious condition.
The 22-mile Blue Line between Los Angeles and Long Beach is prone to accidents according to Littman. He says a number of drivers run red lights or turn illegally in front of street-level trains.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing. The names of the driver and those injured in the accident have not yet been released. No charges have been filed against the minivan driver at this time.