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Six passengers injured after Metro bus rear-ended

A Metro bus was rear-ended Wednesday morning near the intersection of Crenshaw and Pico boulevards in Arlington Heights, a crash that sent six passengers to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities and transportation officials said.

The crash occurred about 11:20 a.m. and neither the operator of the Line 710 bus nor the driver of the other vehicle complained of injuries, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Metro officials said the accident was cleared by 12:30 p.m.

That accident marks the second injury-related crash Wednesday involving a Metro bus.

The first occurred about 5 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles when an SUV driver allegedly ran a red light before striking a Metro Rapid bus on line 720.

The bus was traveling south on Central Avenue and an SUV going west on 3rd Street ran a red light, according to a preliminary report, and hit the bus behind its left front wheel, according to Metro officials.

The accident caused the articulated bus to careen out of control into two downtown stores. Officials said that there were no passengers aboard the bus when the accident occurred and that the driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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