Blue Line train, Metro Bus accident in downtown Los Angeles; Blue Line resumes normal service

Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: The Blue Line is resuming normal service between Washington-7th/Metro.

A Blue Line train collided with a Metro bus Line 51 in downtown Los Angeles at approx. 6:56 a.m. The train was heading southbound when it hit the southbound bus at Washington and San Pedro on the south side of downtown. Bus and train were both full.

Bus bridges are in place to shuttle Blue Line passengers between 7th/Metro and Washington. The Expo Line has resumed service with residual delays at all stations.

Here is the most recent update from the Los Angeles Fire Department website:

Train vs. Vehicle 8/26/2012
*UPDATE: 1900 S San Pedro St* Most injuries appear minor; Some taken by
ambulance to area hosp; Updated patient count pending – Brian

The L.A. Times is reporting that about 48 people received mostly minor injuries in the incident. The Fire Department says that the injured were “most if not all from the bus.”

UPDATE, 9:40 a.m.: The LAFD just posted this to their Twitter feed:


*UPDATE: 1900 S San Pedro St* Final patient count = 32 total; All in good-to-fair condition (31 minor injury; 1 ill); NFD -Brian Humphrey###

The cause of the accident is under investigation, according to Metro. The agency also said that one rail car and the bus suffered major damage.

The 51 Metro local bus runs between Wilshire Center and the Artesia Transit Center, including a long stretch on San Pedro Street. The Blue Line runs down the middle of Washington between Flower Street and Long Beach Avenue.

If you were delayed because of the accident this morning and need verification for your employer or school please call Metro Customer Relations at 213-922-6235 or fax them at 213-922-6988.

2 replies

  1. KCAL 10pm news is reporting the train ran a red light. This could cost Metro big bucks in repairs to both bus and train, loss of ridership and opens the door to personal injury attorneys to cash in. Metro needs to stop trying save a nickel and assign 2 drivers at the front of the train.