December 18, 2014
A commuter train headed toward downtown Los Angeles struck a car on the tracks and burst into flames during the morning rush hour, resulting in injuries to five people.
The train and vehicle collided shortly after 7 a.m. in the Highland Park area (northeast of Los Angeles).
The Metro Gold Line commuter train caught fire and received "significant damage" before it was doused.
Five people were hurt, including two with minor injuries.
Televised news reports showed what appeared to be the charred
wreckage of a van lying next to the front of the train.
A crossing gate had been torn off but the cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
The commuter train line carries passengers between Los Angeles' Chinatown and suburbs east of the city.