Wednesday, May 6, 1998

Blue Line Hits Tow Truck Kills 1 Injures 15

15 Hurt, 3 Critically, as Truck and Train Collide in Watts

Los Angeles Times
May 07, 1998

About 15 people were injured, three of them critically, when a Metro Blue Line train and a tow truck collided in Watts late Wednesday, authorities said.

The critically injured victims were the tow truck driver and two passengers, said Jim Wells, a spokesman for the city Fire Department. They were transported to local hospitals.

“The injuries to the passengers on the train appear to be minor in nature at this point,” Wells said.

The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. near East 115th Street and Wilmington Avenue, he said.

The train was heading south when it collided with the truck, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Ed Scannell said. The left side of the truck was crushed.

About 10 ambulances responded to the accident site. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The Metro Blue Line runs between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, carrying about 50,000 passengers a day.

(One of the critically injured reportedly died)