Train Hits Bus in Los Angeles; 13 Hurt

By: By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer
By: By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Metro Blue Line train collided with a bus south of downtown during Friday morning's commute, injuring at least 13 people, fire officials said.

The light rail train was headed to Long Beach carrying passengers while the bus was out of service. As many as two dozen people were hurt, but none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

"We had an out-of-service bus turn in front of the train," said Marc Littman, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the train and the bus involved. "We don't know who had the right of way."

The impact knocked the front car of the electric train off the track. The other cars remained on the track. Littman said they were still investigating the incident.

The crash comes one week after a Metrolink commuter train smashed into a freight train in the San Fernando Valley, about 30 miles northwest of downtown, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130.

MTA's popular light rail system includes the Gold Line to suburban Pasadena, the Red Line subway to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, the Blue Line to Long Beach and the east-west Green Line across communities in the southern portion of the county.

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Staff writers Noaki Schwartz and Jeff Wilson contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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