Train and bus collide in L.A.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Metro Blue Line train and a Metro bus collided today south of downtown Los Angeles, resulting in 32 injuries, most of them minor.

The crash at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard was reported about 7 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Paramedics were sent to assess the medical condition of about three dozen people from the bus and about eight from the train, which was en route to Long Beach, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

About 20 people were transported for hospital examination, most with minor injuries, Humphrey said, adding that no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Rick Jager, a Metro spokesman, said a total of 31 people suffered minor injuries while a 32nd was described as serious based on his complaints of dizziness. A later report from the LAFD also indicated that 31 people had suffered minor injuries, while the 32nd was treated for feeling ill. All 32 were listed as being in good-to-fair condition, Humphrey said.

The bus, operating on line 51, was southbound on San Pedro Street when the crash occurred, said Helen Ortiz Gilstrap of Metro.

Buses were sent to the location to provide transportation for passengers affected by the crash, Gilstrap said. Train service was restored around 9 a.m., Jager said.

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