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Metro Bus Slams Into A Tree In Westwood After Driver Blacks Out

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A Metro bus crashed into a tree near Westwood Village over the weekend, injuring more than a dozen people on board after the bus driver apparently "blacked out."

The bus was traveling along Wilshire Boulevard, just a few blocks east of Westwood Boulevard, around 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to ABC 7. The vehicle then jumped the curb and slammed head on into a tree, which in turn pulled down electrical lines and a pole as the tree was knocked to the ground, reports KTLA. Of the 20 people reportedly on board, 15 were injured, including 4 passengers and the driver who were sent to nearby hospitals with minor injuries.

"The driver reported that she just blacked out," Lt. Raymond Marquez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division told City News Service. "She’s being medically treated now."

The cause of the collision is still under investigation, but police do not believe that the unidentified driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, though tests are being conducted.