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Metro Train, Car Crash Near Expo Park

A man attempted to make a left turn onto campus when his car was struck.

One man was taken to the hospital Thursday after a Metro rail train and his car crashed near Exposition Park.

A Metro train collided with a car near Expo Park. (Photo by ATVN)
A Metro train collided with a car near Expo Park. (Photo by ATVN)

The man was making a left turn from Exposition Boulevard onto Watt Way, into the USC campus, when the train and the car collided at approximately 10:25 a.m., according to Metro spokesman Luis Inzunza.

The man was then transported to California Hospital.

The train had no passengers and no one else was injured. Inzunza said he could not comment on the man's injuries at this time and that investigations on the cause of the crash are underway.

He's cautioning people to pay attention while they keep testing the trains before the grand opening of the line in a week. 

"Trains will be passing constantly in the next two weeks...We want people to be aware of the trains, and the signals, and make sure they turn when they are supposed to turn," said Inzunza.  "Be careful, don't text when you drive.  One small distraction and this is what is going to happen."

"When a train impacts with a car," said Inzunza, "the car always loses." 

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COMMENTS

Clearly this car driver is an idiot. There are more than ample warning lights and signals. Not to mention common sense. He got what he deserved.

Do they have gates that come down when a train passes? I haven't seen any. That technology has been around for a century, and shouldn't cost much more. The lives it would save would be well worth it.

How about not running a red light like this driver did!

I was the man who was hit. all my life flashing red lights and bells have been the warning for trains. a simple flashing yellow light is all the warning they have now. I didnt see the light, didnt see the train and didnt hear a horn. I didnt even know what hit me. I am lucky to have walked away but will the next person who isnt aware of the new warning system be so lucky?

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