A Metro A Line train and a car collided Thursday in Pasadena, leaving the motorist with significant injuries and also sending the train operator to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
The crash was reported about 9:20 a.m. at Raymond Avenue and California Boulevard, according to Pasadena spokesperson Lisa Derderian.
Firefighters freed the injured woman, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and she was taken to a hospital about one block away. She was described as being in her 40’s and was driving a Toyota.
Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo told City News Service the only injury aboard the train was suffered by the train operator. The operator was transported with unspecified injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
The southbound train started in Azusa and was heading to downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Ubaldo said the tracks were closed in the area for the police investigation, so buses were being used to carry passengers to the Del Amo, Fillmore and South Pasadena stations.
Ubaldo said Metro technicians were also sent to the scene.
So Cal Gas Company was requested and assisted due to a nearby gas meter that was struck by the vehicle.
An investigation by the Pasadena Police Dept. was underway into the circumstances of the crash.