86-Year-Old Man Driving SUV in Collision with Gold Line Train, 6 Injured, 1 Seriously

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6:24 pm | June 8, 2016

A Metro Gold Line train and an SUV collided at about noon Wednesday at the Glenarm Street crossing in Pasadena, causing serious injuries to car’s 86-year-old driver.

Lisa Derderian, spokesperson for the Pasadena Fire Department, said the man was taken to a local hospital, as were about five people who were passengers on the train and who suffered minor injuries.

Pasadena Police Lt. John Luna said the Metro Gold Line train was heading southbound and the car was heading eastbound when the collision occurred shortly before 12:12 p.m.

Luna said 99 passengers were on the train at the time of the collision.

Derderian said authorities took the remaining passengers off the train and loaded them on to another train to take them southbound.

The area of Glenarm Street between South Arroyo Parkway and South Raymond Avenue was shut down for hours as crews removed the destroyed Mercedes SUV and began repairs on the damaged crossing gate and a signaling switch.

Metro posted notices on its Twitter account saying train service was discontinued between South Pasadena Station and Filmore due to the accident.

Derderian said the accident did not affect vehicle access to the 110 Freeway near the site of the collision.

Tracks in both directions were closed at the scene of the accident.

Normal service resumed at 2:10 p.m., according to Metro.

Luna said the Pasadena Police Traffic Section was in charge of the accident investigation.