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Seven Hurt In Downtown Collision Between Metro Bus And SUV

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Seven people were transported to local hospitals after a collision sent an MTA bus into a downtown building early Wednesday morning.

Officer Mike Lopez of the LAPD's media division told LAist that the crash happened around 12:50 a.m. by the intersection of South Broadway and Olympic Boulevard in downtown L.A. The bus was sent hurtling through a tree, then a lamp post, and into a nearby building. Lopez remarked that the bus had "sheared off" the lamp post in the process.

There were a total of 6 people, including the driver, in the bus. Everyone on the bus, including the driver of the SUV, were taken to receive medical treatment. While the LAFD said in an early report that two of the people (including the driver of the SUV) were in "serious condition," Lopez says that none of the injuries were life-threatening, and that everyone involved is now in stable condition.

Police believe that one of the vehicles ran a red light, causing the collision. It has not yet been determined which vehicle ran the light, according to Lopez. An investigation is pending. Alcohol is not believed to have played a factor in the collision.

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As reported at KTLA, the building that was struck now has been tagged with a red flyer from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The building's structural integrity must be evaluated before anyone can step inside.