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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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Jerry Brown cuts $30B in costs from high-speed rail project

Courtesy California High Speed Rail Authority

A rendering of what a high-speed rail train would look like traversing California's desert.

The price tag for California's ambitious high-speed rail project has dropped to $68.4 billion, a $30 billion decline over a highly criticized draft released last fall, a source familiar with the plan confirmed late Friday.

The first full section of track will now stretch from Merced to the San Fernando Valley, a significant expansion of the initial phase that eliminates the so-called "train to nowhere" between two small Central Valley cities.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority had scheduled a news conference for Monday to announce its updated business plan, but The Sacramento Bee reported some of the key details late Friday night.

A source familiar with the plan who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly confirmed the drop in price and relayed other elements of the updated plan to The Associated Press.

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Expo Line to open April 28, mayor announces (updated)

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An Expo Line clearance testing site in West L.A. The new line was set to announce an opening date sometime in the next few months.

Expo Line details were revealed today -- the long awaited line will open April 28, the mayor announced on Friday.

The first phase of the Expo Line will shuttle travelers between the 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles and the La Cienega/Jefferson station. The trip should take under 30 minutes, and trains will run every 12 minutes, according to Metro officials.

Also, free rides on opening day. [ROUTE MAP]

Part two of phase one will be operational over the summer, and will take riders the rest of the distance to Culver City, says Metro's blog, The Source.

Expo Line station stops (Phase 1):

  • 7th / Metro (Shared with Blue Line)
  • Pico (Shared with Blue Line)
  • 23rd Street
  • Jefferson/USC
  • Expo Park/USC
  • Vermont/Expo
  • Western/Expo
  • Crenshaw/Expo
  • Farmdale
  • La Brea/Expo
  • La Cienega/Jefferson
  • Culver City(set to open Summer 2012)

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