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Tapes Show Blue Line Train Ran Red Signal Before Hitting Cop Car

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Investigation of Wednesday's Metro Blue Line versus Long Beach PD patrol car crash has netted videotape footage showing the train running a red light, according to the LA Times.

"Two tapes indicate that the southbound train rolled through the red signal about 1 p.m. and collided with the patrol car in the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and 16th Street, Long Beach police said Friday." The images were captured "by outward facing cameras mounted on the southbound train and a northbound Blue Line train that had stopped at the light and was not involved in the accident."

At the time of the accident the patrol vehicle and pedestrians had a green signal to go; an investigation by MTA--who have not commented on the tapes--will determine if the train operator was somehow unable to see the red signal, and if the signals were functioning appropriately. The force of the train caused the patrol vehicle to be pushed over 100 feet. The officer, a 4-year LBPD veteran, remains hospitalized for his non-life threatening injuries. Passengers on board the Blue Line train were treated for minor injuries as well.