Update: Metro bus driver who died in tow truck collision identified

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A tow truck crashed into a 7-Eleven store in downtown Los Angeles after colliding with a bus.

Update 4:27 p.m.: Metro bus driver identified

The driver who died this morning in downtown Los Angeles when her bus collided with a tow truck has been identified as Olivia Gamboa, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Contrary to earlier reports, Gamboa was 47 and not 35 years old.

"It is with much sadness that Metro announces the passing this morning of long-time bus operator Olivia Gamboa, 47, who was killed when her bus was struck by a tow truck in downtown Los Angeles," officials wrote in a message posted to Metro's website.

The statement continued:

"Olivia had worked for Metro for 13 years. Her husband and her daughter are also Metro bus operators.

"The Gamboas live in Montebello. Co-workers recalled Olivia as quiet, family-oriented and very well liked by both passengers and colleagues."

The accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 5th Street and Broadway and is under investigation, Metro reported.

Earlier: A woman driving a Metro bus that collided with a tow truck in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning has died, says Dave Sotero of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to a local wire service.

Police closed off Broadway in downtown L.A. between 6th and 1st streets after a tow truck collided with a Metro bus and crashed into the front of a 7-Eleven.

Witnesses saw the tow truck traveling southbound on Broadway when it failed to stop at the intersection at 5th street and hit the bus, LAPD Sgt. Steve Bailey told NBC4.

"On the corner there, there's a fire hydrant and the bus actually sheared the fire hydrant off," Bailey said, "so there was a lot of water involved, so when the officers got here at scene they saw the bus driver face down in the water."

Police say the bus driver was the only person on board. She and the tow truck driver, a 30-year-old man, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main tells the Associated Press that the collision also caused minor injuries to a store employee.

The crash on South Broadway crushed the front of the bus, mangled the cab of the truck and left a gaping hole in the building.

This story has been updated.

With contributions by Ashley Bailey, AP, and KPCC Wire Services

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