On Monday, February 20, a vehicle was hit by a Metro Blue Line train in the Central-Alameda neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Two men were killed and three others were injured after the fatal LA train-car accident.
THE VICTIMS OF THE LA TRAIN-CAR ACCIDENT
Firefighters found five males inside the crashed vehicle when they arrived at the scene located at 1629 East 24th Street.
Unfortunately, two of the males were trapped in the backseat of the vehicle.
In a recent news release, authorities with the Los Angeles Fire Department explained that “both patients were quickly extricated, but sadly, one was beyond medical help.” Another passenger was in grave condition and tragically died at the scene.
The three other victims of the accident, including the driver, were sent to the hospital for their injuries. They were said to be in “fair-to-moderate” condition. Fortunately, they were able to exit the vehicle on their own.
About 125 passengers exited the Metro Blue Line train unharmed. The two train operators also disembarked without medical complaint.
WHAT CAUSED THE COLLISION?
Sergeant Hector Guzman of the Los Angeles Police Department said, “From the preliminary information that they have…the vehicle made a left turn in front of the oncoming train at which point there, as you can imagine, a very violent collision occurred.
According to KTLA, both the car and train were traveling southbound before the car turned left in front of the train. Moreover, officials are currently investigating whether the train crossing signals were activated at the time of the collision.
An aerial video from Sky5 revealed the large scene on the train tracks where the auto accident occurred.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT ON THE SAME TRACK AND ON THE SAME DAY
Before this crash took place, there was another train incident only a few hours before. Earlier on February 20, one pedestrian was hit by a train on the same track in downtown Los Angeles. Thankfully, the person survived but did suffer a leg injury.
From this point forward buses will now be replacing trains between Washington and Vernon Stations. This change is being made as a result of the train-car incidents in the area. The bus shuttles are expected to be running well into the night.
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