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Metro Bus, Train Collide South Of Downtown

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Metro Blue Line train and a Metro bus collided Monday south of downtown Los Angeles, resulting in 32 injuries, authorities said.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports despite some injuries, officials said the accident at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard could have been much worse.

Paramedics were sent to assess the medical condition of about three dozen people from the bus and about eight from the train, some of whom suffered minor injuries, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries, he said. About 20 people were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

One passenger on another Blue Line train said the lights appeared to give the train the right of way.

“The train pulled out and had the right of way, and then the bus came forward,” he said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The bus, operating on line 51, was southbound on San Pedro Street when the accident occurred, said Helen Ortiz Gilstrap of Metro. Buses were sent to the location to provide transportation for passengers affected by the accident, she said.

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