Part of Los Angeles commuter train derails after hitting car

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Posted: Nov 23, 2015 1:52 PM
Part of Los Angeles commuter train derails after hitting car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The front end of a commuter light rail train derailed after crashing into a car and injuring the driver Monday during morning rush hour in Los Angeles, authorities said.

Preliminary reports suggested the motorist drove around the crossing gates into the path of the oncoming train, said Ramon Montenegro, spokesman for the sheriff's transit bureau.

The gates were working properly when the crash happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. about 10 miles south of downtown LA, according to Metro Blue Line.

The driver of the car was hospitalized in stable condition, Montenegro said.

Blue Line service was suspended in both directions on that stretch of track, and buses were sent to pick up passengers. Delays of several hours were expected on northbound and southbound lines, Montenegro said.

"It's going to take a while for them to get the train back on the tracks," he said.

Damage occurred to the train, a track switch box and the support system for the overhead wires that deliver electricity to trains, Metro said.