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Blue Line and Metro bus collide near DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, at 10:18AM
Brian Watt/KPCC

A Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus this morning.

Just before 7 a.m. this morning, a Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus at Washington Boulevard and San Pedro Street near downtown L.A. Approximately 200 passengers were involved in the collision and more than 40 were transported to area hospitals, most with non life-threatening injuries, said Metro Communications Manager Rick Jager.

Metro's blog the Source reports that the train was headed southbound when it collided with Metro bus Line 51 at 6:56 a.m.

It appears the train clipped the rear of the bus and then the bus struck a light pole, said Jager, but the incident is still under investigation.

KPCC reports that the train did not derail in the incident and as of 8:30 a.m., the train had moved, but the bus was still there.

As of a little after 9 a.m., the Blue Line had resumed service.

Monday's collision is only the most recent for the Blue Line train, which has had more than 20 accidents so far this year -- six of which involved fatalities. Three of these deaths have been confirmed as suicides and one other is currently being investigated as such, Jager told OnCentral last month.

"Traditionally we haven't had this many fatalities in this short of a time period in years past," Jager said.

In response to the significant "uptick" in fatalities along the light-rail line which runs from Long Beach to downtown L.A., a Metro task force will be assembled to look into current safety procedures, traffic issues and more, and report back in November with findings and possible solutions.

Jager said that this review is mostly in response to the number of fatalities along the line, and that part of the task force's job will be to look into suicide prevention strategies.


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