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A Drunk Driver Just Ruined The Expo Line Extension's First Monday Commute

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Service was seriously delayed on the newly-opened Expo Line extension Monday morning after a car rammed through a fence and got stuck on the tracks in Exposition Park. The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m., and the driver was unhurt.

The car managed to lodge across both the east and westbound Expo tracks, disrupting service in both directions between Crenshaw Boulevard and Western Avenue until the car was towed. Metro representative Jose Ubaldo told LAist that Expo trains continued to run from Santa Monica to the Crenshaw/Expo stop, and from 7th and Metro downtown to the Expo/Western station. Buses bridged the section between Western and Crenshaw, ferrying passengers the 1.5 miles between the stations so they could re-board the train. Service was delayed up to an hour, according to Ubaldo. So much for a fast and easy commute.

Pete Demetriou of KNX reported on Twitter that the car's driver was arrested with a .21 blood alcohol content, but the LAPD has yet to confirm any arrest. The legal limit for driving under the influence is .08 percent. Anybody else do anything fun Sunday night?

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