LOS ANGELES – A Metro train collided with a vehicle this evening in downtown Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The crash took place at 1629 E. 24th St., several blocks south of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, at around 6:15 p.m., according to spokesman Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Five people were in the vehicle when it was hit by the train, Prange said. Two died at the scene, and the other three were rushed to hospitals.
“There’s no word yet on their current condition. There’s no report yet on the deceased’s ages and genders. Their name will be withheld pending notification of their next of kin,” Prange said.
The LAFD reported that the two deceased victims were trapped inside the vehicle and were extricated by first responders.
No injuries were reported among the train’s passengers, Prange said. The LAFD said approximately 125 passengers exited the train without medical complaints. Two train operators also disembarked, and one was being evaluated as a precaution.
Earlier today a pedestrian was hit by a train on the same route.
Metro board members need to make train safety along the Blue Line a top priority before they continue to expand to other areas with possibly the same defects that hinder public safety.
City New Service contributed to this report.