A Metro train in Long Beach barreled into a police car on Wednesday, injuring the officer and 11 passengers. ABC Local News reported that the southbound Metro Blue Line commuter train hit the police car at Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway at around 1 p.m.
The police car was pushed by the train down the tracks before stopping. Emergency responders spent 30 minutes freeing the trapped officer from the battered police car. The officer and 11 commuter passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Metro service was disrupted for several hours due to the metro train accident and accident investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident.
In any accident between a train and car, the train will seriously damage the vehicle. Even slow moving commuter trains can cause serious injury or death when colliding with an automobile. As a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, I urge all motorists to remain vigilant when approaching train tracks and never stop on them.