21 injured after Metro train crashes into car near USC campus
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —
A driver is in grave condition after a Metro train crashed into a car at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Watt Way Saturday.
The driver of a silver Hyundai was attempting to make a left turn at the intersection when the car collided with the eastbound train. Authorities initially reported that two cars had collided with the train.
Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 10:48 a.m. Two train cars were derailed during the crash.
Authorities said 21 people are injured. Eight people suffering minor injuries and the train operator, who was listed in serious condition, were transported to a nearby hospital.
The driver had to be extracted from the Hyundai with the Jaws of Life, said Donald Frazeur, Los Angeles Fire Department assistant chief. Paramedics transported the man to a hospital.
A command center has been set up with the multiple agencies investigating the scene, including the Los Angeles Police Department and LAFD. Metro officials requested buses to take passengers between the Vermont and 23rd Street station on the rail line.
The investigation is ongoing.
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