Saturday, August 12, 2006

Blue Line Injures 7 and Demolishes Car at Pico

7 Injured After Blue Line Train, Car Collide

August 13, 2006

LOS ANGELES ― Seven people were injured Saturday when a Metro Blue Line train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles.

The accident, which happened at 8:50 p.m. at Pico Boulevard and Flower Street, occurred when a black Honda attempted to make a left turn across train tracks into a parking lot. The Metro Blue Line, which was on its way to Long Beach, struck the car at full speed, Los Angeles police Sgt. Marianus vonKorff said.

The car was demolished, but the driver and passenger - both men in their 40s - escaped with only minor injuries and were taken to California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles City fire Capt. Brian Ballton said.

The driver may have broken his arm, vonKorff said.

At least five passengers were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, Ballton said.

The train was heading from Union Station to Long Beach.