Expo Line Service Only Partially Restored After Crash With Car Near USC
Expo Line service is only partially restored after a crash Saturday morning that injured 21 people, including the train operator and a car driver, near the USC campus.
Authorities responded to the scene near around 10:50 a.m. at 934 Exposition Boulevard and had to cut out the driver of a Hyundai sedan that was crushed by an eastbound Metro train. Two of the three cars of the train were derailed as a result of the collision. City News Service reports that the driver of the sedan is "near death."
It appears as if the driver of the Hyundai was making a left turn that would have crossed the tracks when the car was hit. According to the Daily News there are signals that regulate the crossing, but it remains unclear what the signals were when the crash happened.
As of 3:45 p.m., the Expo Line remains closed between the Expo Park/USC and the Expo Park/Vermont stations. Bus shuttle service has been set up between the two stations, and Metro also says that they are only about a third of a mile apart if walking.
The delays are expected to affect travel to the Coliseum for tonight's sold-out soccer match between Mexico and Ecuador at 6:30. However, both the USC and Vermont stations are walking distance to the stadium,