32 hurt after Blue Line train hits Metro bus near downtown
Nearly three dozen people were hurt when a Blue Line train hit a Metro bus early Monday near downtown Los Angeles, but authorities are calling the accident “a relatively minor collision” and say none of the passengers suffered major injuries.
The train, which was running southbound, clipped the back of a Line 51 local bus that was in the intersection of San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard at 6:56 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The bus -– which runs between Wilshire Center and the Artesia Transit Center -– was standing-room-only with about 50 passengers aboard, according to Metro spokesperson Marc Littman, and when the train hit it, “the bus then spun and hit a light pole.”
After about 9:30 a.m., authorities said about 48 passengers had been assessed but that there were 32 total injuries, all of which were minor except for one person classified as “ill.” They were taken to nine area hospitals and all were listed in good to fair condition.
The bus sustained major damage and there were delays on both the Blue and Expo lines until about 9:10 a.m., when normal service resumed.
“The incident was every paramedic’s worst nightmare -- a traffic collision between mass transit vehicles,” said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Thankfully LAFD responders were able to rely on their training in what proved to be a relatively minor collision.”
Humphrey said the train did not derail.
The accident remains under investigation.
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Photo: A woman is taken to an ambulance and transported from the crash scene at Washington Boulevard and San Pedro Street near downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times