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The aftermath of a big rig crashing on to the metro gold line tracks. It caught on fire and melted the tracks. #bigrig #bigrigtruck #metrolosangeles #mtalosangeles #metrogoldline #chp #californiahighwaypatrol #210west #pasadena #210westpasadena #freeway #melting #burn #fire
We’ll be updating this post throughout Sunday and Monday morning with new information at the top of the post.
UPDATE, 5:25 a.m. Monday: Repairs completed earlier this morning. Regular rail service in both directions restored for this morning’s commute.
UPDATE, 10:10 p.m.: Repair work on the overhead wires continues. Metro is working on a plan to provide the maximum amount of Gold Line service if repairs can’t be finished in time for the Monday morning commute.
Rail service is running Union Station and Allen and between Arcadia and APU/Citrus College in Azusa.Bus shuttles are running between Allen, Sierra Madre Villa and Arcadia stations — and would continue to do so Monday morning if rail service can’t be restored.Please see service updates on Metro’s Twitter stream for updates; we’ll also continue to update the blog.
Here is a map of the Gold Line:
Foothill Transit’s 187 Bus provides service between the Foothill Cities and Old Pasadena — please click here to see the route and schedule. Foothill Transit’s 496 bus also provides express service between the Gold Line’s Azusa Downtown Station, Covina and downtown Los Angeles for those who want an alternative to the Gold Line.
UPDATE, 5:45 p.m.: As you’ve likely heard, Metro had to shut down power on the tracks between Allen Station and Aracdia Station due to a truck that crashed on the 210 freeway during heavy rains about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. The truck struck the barrier between the freeway and the Gold Line tracks near Sierra Madre Villa Station.
After an inspection, Metro determined some repairs were required to the Gold Line. The heat from the truck fire stretched the overhead wires that provide electricity to trains — requiring the splicing of new wire and some other repairs. A few insulators along the track were also damaged. They have been replaced.
Metro is trying to complete the work tonight in order to resume regular Gold Line service Monday between Union Station and Azusa. As soon as we know about the status of the Gold Line for Monday’s commute, we’ll let everyone know.
In the meantime, Gold Line trains are running on their Sunday schedule between Union Station and Allen Station in Pasadena. Bus shuttles are running between Allen, Sierra Madre Villa and Arcadia stations. Trains are also running between Arcadia and APU/Citrus College Station in Azusa.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Two freeway lanes remain closed as repairs continue, buses replace trains between Allen-Arcadia stations until further notice.
UPDATE, 10:21 a.m.: Bus shuttles continue to replace Gold Line service between Allen, Sierra Madre Villa and Arcadia stations.
Caltrans is also reporting the three left lanes on the westbound 210 freeway will remain closed until 3 p.m. Cranes are on the scene to remove the remains of the truck.
Gold Line service is running every 15 minutes between Arcadia and APU/Citrus College stations and every 15 minute between Union Station and Allen. More details below.
The earlier post:
An accident on the westbound 210 freeway in Pasadena occurred this morning about 3 a.m. The overturned tractor trailer and accident debris are currently blocking Metro Gold Line tracks and train service between Allen and Arcadia stations is currently replaced by bus shuttles.
Please allow extra time if traveling through affected area. Follow announcements at the stations.
Trains are running every 15 minutes between Union Station and Allen Station and every 15 minutes between Arcadia Station to APU/Citrus College Station.
If looking for an alternative one-seat ride, Foothill Transit’s 187 Bus runs between Azusa and Old Pasadena with stops in Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia and Arcadia.
The California Highway Patrol and Caltrans are investigating the incident. A crane to remove the tractor trailer cannot be called in until at least 1 p.m. due to the heat still emanating from the tractor trailer. We will have an update later this afternoon as to what repairs, if any, Metro may need to make to the tracks and power systems, and whether this will impact service through tomorrow morning.
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) March 6, 2016
— Adrian Arambulo (@AdrianNBCLA) March 6, 2016
— Pasadena Fire Dept. (@PasadenaFD) March 6, 2016
Metro advises all customers to be especially careful due to the rainy weather. Please do not run to catch your bus or train. Motorists should keep headlights on and travel at reduced speeds where necessary.
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