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Car-train collision in Pasadena leads to delays on Gold Line

In this file photo, a Metro Gold Line train passes through an intersection in South Pasadena. A Gold Line train struck a car in Pasadena Wednesday morning. The accident has been cleared, but commuters were warned to expect delays.
In this file photo, a Metro Gold Line train passes through an intersection in South Pasadena. A Gold Line train struck a car in Pasadena Wednesday morning. The accident has been cleared, but commuters were warned to expect delays.
Shirley Jahad

Metro officials were warning commuters to expect delays and allow extra time on the Gold Line after a train struck a car on the tracks Wednesday morning in Pasadena.

A Gold Line train struck a car at the California Boulevard and Raymond Avenue crossing at about 7:30 a.m.

The driver was traveling east when he was blinded by the sun and didn’t notice the gate arms coming down, Pasadena Police told KPCC. The driver drove across the tracks and was struck by a southbound train.

The vehicle sustained minor damage but neither the driver nor any train passengers were hurt.

Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said the accident should serve as a reminder to motorists.

“If there are conditions such as glaring sun or rain and your vision is obscured or you can’t see reasonably in front of you, you must slow down and proceed with caution. You can only drive as fast as you can see,” Gourdikian said.

Traffic was snarled in the area and had to be rerouted. The Gold Line reopened shortly after 8 a.m., and trains are running in both directions, but commuters could still see delays.

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This story has been updated.