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Woman injured after being trapped under Red Line train in Hollywood

January 25, 2013 | 10:21 am

A 40-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries Friday morning after she became trapped underneath the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s westbound Red Line train at the Hollywood and Western station.

She suffered facial and chest trauma and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center about 20 minutes after she was first reported on the tracks, authorities said. It was not immediately clear how she ended up on the tracks and under the inbound train.

Investigators have video of the incident, said MTA spokesman Dave Sotero. The video will be used as part of the inquiry into what happened, he said.

It was unclear Friday morning if anyone else witnessed the incident.

It took 22 minutes to de-energize the subway’s third rail and remove the woman from under the train, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The train has since been moved but the track has been closed. For now, the subways are operating on a single track along the line, meaning one track is serving eastbound and westbound trains, Sotero said. The trains are operating about 10 minutes behind, he said.


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