Expo Line train hits car near USC

la-metro-expo-line-train-crashExpo Line train hits car near USC. At least 21 people were injured.

Expo Line train hits car near USC

At least 21 people were injured, one critically, when an Expo Line train collided with a car Saturday near USC, authorities said.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene around 10:50 a.m., said a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department. The silver Hyundai sedan struck by the train was crushed. The driver, who was in grave condition, had to be cut out of the vehicle.

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The LAFD said the operator of the train was seriously hurt and also taken to a local hospital. The other 19 people suffered minor injuries.

Two Expo Line cars came off the tracks between Vermont Avenue and the train tunnel at Figueroa Street.

Train service has been suspended indefinitely, which is likely to complicate travel in the area as tens of thousands of sports fans arrive for a sellout soccer match at 6:30 p.m. between Mexico and Ecuador at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Metro officials said they are providing buses for people who can’t get to their destinations because of the crash. (LATIMES)

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