LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A damaged Metro train was moved from tracks near USC overnight, restoring full Expo Line service a day after a crash that caused a partial derailment.
KCAL9’s Joy Benedict reported that some cleanup work remains in the area of Saturday morning’s crash, which Metro said occurred after a Hyundai Sonata attempted to turn left into USC in front of a train that was also eastbound on Exposition Boulevard. The crash, which injured 21 people, occurred just east of Vermont Avenue.
The driver of the Hyundai, who had to be cut from the car, was taken to a hospital in critical condition and remained hospitalized Sunday evening with life-threatening injuries. He was identified Sunday by a USC student newspaper as Jacob Fadley, a 31-year-old film student.
The train’s driver, Kenneth Goss, a 29-year Metro employee in his mid-50s, was taken to a hospital in serious condition on Saturday, but is now recovering at home, according to Benedict.
Ten of the injured were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, and are expected to be OK.
The crash occurred in an area where trains run down the middle of Exposition Boulevard. USC student Sara Lew said the presence of the rail line is not an overriding concern.
“I think that it works as well as it can,” she said. “It’s an urban area so there are risks that come with living in any central, metropolitan place.”
There was no indication Sunday evening if the train operator or the driver was at fault, or if a signal failure is to blame.