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Around Downtown: Suspicous Package Shuts down Subway Station, Blue Line & Bus Collide

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It was a hectic morning for public transit users traveling around downtown as incidents along three lines temporarily halted or slowed service.

A white powdery substance found at the 7th/Metro station, which serves the Red, Purple and Blue Lines shut down the station and surrounding area during the 6 a.m. hour, according to KNX1070. The station was later reopened.

During that, however, at 6:58 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that a Metro bus collided with a Metro Blue Line train, injuring eight people, four who were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Train service is delayed by 15 to 20 minutes as only one track is in service, according to Metro.

The transit agency was honest with users about service this morning. A staffer told a rider that there was "No great way to get into" downtown this morning on Twitter.