South LA crash involving Metro train leaves 2 injured, car split in half, LAFD says

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Friday, December 23, 2022
2 hurt, car split in half after South LA crash involving Metro train
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Two people were injured and an SUV was split in half following a horrific crash involving a Metro Blue Line train in South Los Angeles Thursday afternoon.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two people were injured and an SUV was split in half following a horrific crash involving a Metro Blue Line train in South Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.

L.A. Fire Department officials say the crash was reported just before 3:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Vernon Avenue, near Vernon Station.

Footage from the scene showed the vehicle severely damaged and squeezed between the train and a small fence.

Preliminary information indicates the driver made a left turn in front of the train, resulting in the collision. Firefighters extricated a woman from the vehicle and transported her to a hospital in unknown condition.

Dozens of passengers were on board the train at the time of the crash, but none were apparently hurt. A pedestrian, who was not hit by the train, suffered a minor injury and was also transported to a hospital.

Shuttle buses transported passengers between Slauson and Washington stations due to the crash, according to Metro.

It's unknown when the portion of the train route impacted by the crash will reopen.

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