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Dozens injured in Metro Blue Line train collision with bus

August 27, 2012 |  8:10 am

PHOTOS: Metro Blue Line train collides with transit bus

[Updated at 11:20 a.m.: Officials have downgraded the number of people who sustained injuries in the crash. Read the newer post: 32 hurt after Blue Line train hits Metro bus near downtown]

About 48 people received mostly minor injuries Monday morning when a Metro Blue line train and a transit bus collided near downtown Los Angeles.

The 7 a.m. accident occurred as the train was traveling south on the 1900 block of San Pedro Street at Washington Boulevard. Officials were still investigating the cause of the accident, but the train did not derail, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

PHOTOS: Metro Blue Line train collides with transit bus

After the collision, the Line 51 bus, which goes from downtown Los Angeles to Artesia, caused a traffic signal to topple over, officials said.

About 40 people on the bus and eight people on the train were being treated for minor injuries. The bus sustained major damage and was expected to be towed off the tracks, Metro officials said.

Metro expects 20-minute delays on the Blue Line, which will be adding buses to transport commuters around the accident.

[Updated at 8:11 a.m.: Metro now expects 15-minutes delays on both the Blue Line and the Expo Line.]


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Photo: A man is placed in a neck brace and moved to an ambulance Monday morning after a collision of a Metro Blue Line train and a transit bus at Washington Boulevard and San Pedro Street near downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times