On Saturday, March 28, 2015, at almost 11 a.m, after the downtown bound Metro Expo Line train pulled out of its station in Exposition Park, a driver in a silver Hyundai sedan turned left towards a USC campus entrance gate and collided with the Metro train. The Los Angeles train crash, consisting of three (3) light-rail train cars filled with passengers, caused two of the Metro rail cars to be pushed onto Exposition Blvd. and caused twelve (12) people to be hurt, one reportedly hurt critically.
Such collisions, most unfortunately, are not uncommon. The system was designed so that three (3) of the six (6) rail lines of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority actually sometimes run along surface streets. As a result, collisions at surface street crossings are NOT uncommon.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Saturday’s collision was at least the 18th crash in the last twelve (12) months between cars and Metro rail train cars; and at least four (4) of those occurred on this same Expo Line that has caused the most concern.
Shockingly, another line, the Blue Line, between downtown and Long Beach, has had more than 120 people killed in accidents involving cars, trucks and pedestrians since it commenced operation in 1990. As a result, it is one of the deadliest light-rail train lines in the entire United States.
Safety concerns are a huge issue, not just because of past and current concerns, but with an on-going record building boom of Metro lines, it is of paramount importance how to prevent future crashes, accidents, deaths and injuries.
A USC engineering professor, Najmedin Meshkati, was quoted as saying, “Building more light-rail is not a bad thing, but we need to do a better job of ensuring it is safe.” Clearly, the design of crossings along the Expo Line, which links downtown Los Angeles to Culver City and soon will commence service to Santa Monica, needs improvement. The cost of so many lives is not worth the light-rail benefits.
Our firm recently represented a man who recovered more than $2.5 million as a result of negligence of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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