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Metro Gold Line strikes car on tracks in Pasadena

January 29, 2010 |  3:24 pm

The Metro Gold Line in Pasadena is closed after a northbound train struck a car that was apparently stuck on the tracks, a fire official said.

A train carrying about 100 passengers slammed into the compact car about 1 p.m. on Glenarm Street between Raymond Avenue and Arroyo Parkway, shoving the car onto its side. The vehicle came to a stop when it slammed into one of the train system's electrical towers, said Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department.

The car’s single occupant, a 40-year-old man, was extricated after 20 minutes and was being treated at a hospital for serious injuries, she said.

Passengers on the train were evaluated for injuries, but none wanted to be taken to a hospital, Derderian said. Metro passengers were being bused around the crash site.

The circumstances of the accident were still under investigation, Derderian said.

-- Amina Khan