Metro Blue Line Train Smashes Vehicle

A 61-year-old woman was injured Tuesday when a Metro Blue Line train struck the extended cab pickup she riding in near downtown Los Angeles.

No one on the train was injured in the collision, which occurred at 1:25 p.m. in the 100 block of East Washington Boulevard, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The woman -- who was riding in the rear part of the cab -- complained of chest discomfort and breathing trouble. She was taken to California Hospital Medical Center where she was in fair condition, Humphrey said.

Humphrey said two other people in the truck did not require medical treatment, but they rode to the hospital with the injured woman.

Earlier reports indicated that three people were injured. Authorities later said only say one person was injured.

Rick Jager, spokesman for Metro, said it appeared the driver of the truck made a left turn in front of the train on Washington Boulevard at Los Angeles Street. The train hit the bed portion of the truck, and spun it around, he said.

Jager said the train, which was heading south toward Long Beach, was delayed for a short time.

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