UPDATE, 8:35 P.M. SATURDAY: After crowds from the soccer match have cleared, bus shuttles will replace Expo Line train service between Jefferson/USC and Expo/Western to allow repairs to be made that require the overhead wires near the accident site to be de-energized. Metro is hoping to restore rail service between 7th/Metro Center and Culver City about midnight until end of service for today. Normal Expo Line service using both tracks is planned for Sunday.
UPDATE, 3:45 P.M. SATURDAY: Expo Line trains are currently running between 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the Expo Park/USC Station. Trains are also running between Culver City Station and Expo/Vermont Station. Both the Expo Park/USC Station and the Expo/Vermont are a short walk from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for those attending tonight’s soccer match between Mexico and Ecuador. Those traveling between downtown L.A. and Culver City will need to take a shuttle bus between Expo Park/USC and Expo/Vermont stations or walk between the two — the distance between the two stations is about one-third of a mile.
An incident between an eastbound Expo Line train and a car near Exposition Boulevard and Watt Way at 10:48 a.m. today in Los Angeles is causing major delays to Expo Line service. Bus shuttles have been requested to replace train service between Expo/Western Station and Jefferson/USC Station.
Here is more info tweeted by the Los Angeles Fire Department:
The most seriously injured was the driver of the car and the Metro train operator, according to Metro and media reports. The train operator has been treated and released from the hospital, according to Metro.
The driver of the car apparently ignored traffic signals that a train was approaching and turned across the trains, according to Metro and law enforcement.
Please follow Metro on Twitter for frequent updates and I will update the blog throughout the afternoon as more information is gathered.
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