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4 injured when Blue Line train and car collide in downtown Los Angeles

November 10, 2010 |  6:29 pm

Four people were injured Wednesday afternoon when a light-rail commuter train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

Police believe the driver of the car attempted an illegal left turn about 3:15 p.m. in front of the Metro Blue Line train as it traveled south on Flower Street near the 18th Street intersection, Metro spokesman Rick Jager said.

The driver of the car was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, Los Angeles City Fire spokesman Erik Scott said. Two passengers on the train suffered non-life threatening injuries and were also taken to hospitals. A third passenger had minor injuries and was treated at the scene. All of the victims complained of neck and back injuries, Jager said.

The train was at half-capacity with about 150 people on board, Jager said. A different train was sent to cover its route and commuters experienced a 20-minute delay.

The crash is still under investigation. The names and ages of the victims were not given.

-- Corina Knoll