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Three-vehicle crash in Pasadena causes delays on Metro Gold Line

October 7, 2010 | 10:01 am

A Thursday-morning crash involving a car, a big rig and a pickup truck on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena snarled traffic and caused delays on the Metro Gold Line, after two of the vehicles ended up on the tracks, authorities said.

Quoting witnesses, the California Highway Patrol said the driver of a green Toyota Camry made an unsafe lane-change, cutting off the big rig. Both vehicles spun out of control, with the big-rig driver swerving to the left and pushing a Chevrolet pickup truck onto the tracks between Sierra Madre Villa Station and Allen Station on the Gold Line.

The big rig also ended up on the tracks, said CHP spokesman Ming Hsu. The accident occurred about 8 a.m.

No one appeared to be seriously hurt, Hsu said, but the driver and a passenger from the pickup truck, as well as the big-rig driver, were transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for a check.

Traffic on the eastbound side of the 210 was backed up, causing at least an hour's delay, Hsu said. The carpool lane and lanes one and two would be closed until at least 11:30 a.m., according to CHP reports. Westbound traffic was slow "due to looky-loos," Hsu said.

No trains were involved in the incident, but Gold Line service will be delayed up to 20 minutes due to damage to the tracks, said Luis Inzunza, a spokesman for the agency.

Metro Rail trains were being returned from Allen Station, and Metro buses were providing a shuttle service between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations, Metro officials said.

Inzunza said authorities estimated that it would take at least four hours to clear the tracks.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: A three-vehicle crash Thursday morning closed a portion of the Metro Gold Line in Pasadena. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times