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Blue Line train collides with car near downtown LA; four injured

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, September 14, 2012, at 02:42PM
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A Metro Blue line train collided with a car this afternoon on Washington and Broadway.

Four people were injured this afternoon when a Metro Blue Line train collided with a car on Washington Boulevard and Broadway.

Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department said all of those hurt had been riding the train, and they were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. Manresa said the car involved in the incident was a mid-size SUV.

This is the second Metro incident to occur in downtown L.A. today; at around 5 a.m. a 2 Line bus collided with a car at the intersection of 2nd Street and Broadway. At least eight people were injured, including the driver of the car.

The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities say the driver was heading east on 2nd Street and texting when the motorist ran a red light and collided with the Metro bus.

Although not a Metro accident, there was a third bus incident Downtown this morning, when an empty Montebello Transit bus fell from the 5th Street overpass after its breaks somehow disengaged.

This afternoon's Blue Line accident is the second one in less than a month to involve the Metro train. On August 27, a train and a Metro bus collided at Washington Boulevard and San Pedro Street, sending more than 40 passengers to area hospitals.

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