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Metro bus driver attacked at the wheel; passengers grab suspect

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A Metro bus driver was attacked at the wheel early Monday morning, according to officials. The incident occured near LAX just before 2:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative Rick Jager told the AP that the bus driver was struck on the head multiple times by a male passenger who tried to take control the wheel. The attack was stopped by several passengers who grabbed the alleged assailant. 

The suspect, along with a number of passengers, hit the windshield when the driver applied the brakes during the scuffle. 

About a dozen passengers were on board at the time of the attack. One was treated for cuts; the suspect was was treated for leg pain and arrested on suspicion of carjacking. 

A motive for the episode was not immediately clear.

In May, Metro bus driver Alan Thomas was killed in a shotgun attack on a West Hollywood route after a passenger allegedly pulled a weapon from a suitcase shortly after boarding the vehicle.

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Man pulled from under Red Line train in North Hollywood in critical condition

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Over a dozen rescue vehicles surround the North Hollywood Red Line station to rescue a person who found themselves beneath a train Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Fire deptartment rescused a man from beneath a train Tuesday at the North Hollywood Red Line station. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital where he is currently in critical condition fighting for his life.

According to Brian Humphrey of the LAFD, the call came in at 1:42 p.m. and within minutes firefighters who arrived at the scene saw a man on the tracks trapped beneath a train. Soon 40 members of the LAFD urban search and rescue team de-energized the deadly third rail of the downtown-bound track and used special equipment to gingerly lift the 82,000 lb, 70 foot car and slid the man out and onto the platform above.

"It's unfortunate, but the man may have attempted suicide," said Metro Media Relations Director Marc Littman who stressed that the incident is still being investigated by LA County Sheriffs who are reviewing surveilance camera footage. 

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Late-Night Metro begins this weekend

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A train arrives at the subway stop at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California.

Hook up to the night train this weekend as Metro's 2 a.m. late service goes into effect Friday and Saturday. Starting around midnight, the rails will rock about every 20 minutes. Curbed LA and KCET got the train rolling with a handy breakdown of final calls out of each station:

Red Line
North Hollywood: 1:56 am
Union Station: 2:12 am

Purple Line
Wilshire/Western: 2:01 am
Union Station: 2:02 am

Blue Line
Long Beach Transit Mall to DTLA: 12:53 am
Seventh/Metro: 2:07 am
Long Beach Transit Mall to Wardlow Station: 3:07 am

Gold Line
Sierra Madre: 1:39 am (leaves Union Station at 2:12 am)
Atlantic: 1:43 am (leaves Union Station at 2:12 am)

Orange Line (BUS)
Chatsworth Station: 1:50 am
North Hollywood: 2:53 am

Expo Line
Culver City: 1:49 am
Seventh/Metro: 2:12 am

Green Line
Redondo Beach: 1:58 am (transfers to Long Beach only, hits Blue Line junction at 2:20 am)
Norwalk: 2:09 am (transfers to Long Beach only, also meets Blue Line at 2:20 am)

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2 more Metro stations open, Expo Line phase one is done

Expo Line Test

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The Exposition Line train at the La Cienega/Jefferson station after finishing a test run.

Phase One of Metro's Expo Line is complete Wednesday with the opening of two new the light rail stops along the Downtown LA-Westside corridor. 

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky celebrated the new additions, telling KPCC's Ashley Bailey that, "We are not promising to reduce congestion, but what we are promising is we’ll give people an alternative to being stuck in traffic."

"This line will give people in the Crenshaw district, in the Exposition Park area, in the Culver City/Cheviot Hills area, the alternative to use public transportation, which will get them from point A to point B faster than they can in their car," he added.

The Farmdale Station is located on Exposition Boulevard and the Culver City stop is located at the intersection of Washington and National.

 

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Metro track de-energized to rescue fallen man at Pershing Square

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A train arrives at the subway stop at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California.

Metro trains on the Red and Purple lines experienced major service disruptions on Monday after a man was found on the tracks in downtown Los Angeles.

The medical emergency occured near the Pershing Square platform around 1:30 p.m. and tracks had to be de-energized to allow LAFD responders and paramedics to safely reach the injured man.  

Firefighters removed the victim from the tracks and he was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The extent of his injuries, and the circumstances surrounding the incident, are unknown.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told KPCC it was "a preliminary possibility that he may have fallen," according to responders on the scene.

The patient was conscious and not struck by a train, according to officials.

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