Saturday, April 14, 2007

Blue Line Kills 20 year old on Washington Blvd

Blue Line Train Involved in Fatality
20-year-old Female Run Over

April 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES - A young woman was fatally run over by a Blue Line train on the south side of downtown Saturday, a fire official said.

Paramedics were sent to the 1800 block of South San Pedro Street at 12:28 p.m., said Los Angeles city fire spokesperson d'Lisa Davies.

The Long Beach-bound light-rail train was unable to stop before striking 20-year-old Maxmiliana Gomez. The Blue Line driver stated that a group of three -- two males and Gomez -- attempted to run across the tracks in front of the train. The young woman was unsuccessful in her attempt and she was declared dead at the scene.

"Maxi Force Airbags" were used to extricate the body from underneath the train, which took an hour.

The accident delayed service on the downtown-to-Long-Beach line.