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Bus driver killed in Downtown crash identified as 13-year Metro veteran

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 11:12AM
Hayley Fox/blogdowntown

The convenience store was boarded up and flower memorials were placed outside by Wednesday evening after the crash.

The bus driver who died as a result of a crash that occurred Wednesday in Downtown has been identified as 47-year-old Olivia Gamboa from Montebello.

Metro's The Source reports that Gamboa had been with the agency for 13 years, and that her daughter and husband were bus operators as well. Co-workers recalled Olivia as "quiet, family-oriented and very well liked by both passengers and colleagues."

Gamboa was driving a Metro bus in DTLA yesterday when she and a tow truck collided near the intersection of 5th Street and Broadway around 5:10 a.m. The truck then crashed through a 7-Eleven convenience store. The truck driver was seriously injured and transported to a hospital; the man working inside the shop sustained minor injuries and was treated on site. There were no passengers on the bus at the time.

NBC L.A. reported that when the collision occurred, the vehicles sheared off a fire hydrant, sending a geyser of water into the air and flooding the intersection. Gamboa was found "face-down in water" that gushed from the hydrant and soon after, she was pronounced dead.

By Wednesday night, the store had been boarded up and there were flowers placed outside. Passersby stopped to survey the scene.

The Los Angeles Times reports that grief counselors have been made available to Metro workers, and that the transit company will work with the employees' union to plan a memorial service.

“These tragic incidents are very infrequent, but because we’re a family it really hits us,” Marc Littman, a Metro spokesman, told the L.A. Times.


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