The Thin Blue Line Strikes Again
LAist reports that an MTA Blue Line train collided with a car or truck earlier this afternoon at Washington Boulevard and Main Street, sending one person to the hospital. A later blog post by the L.A. Times claims a total of three people were injured, with one woman trapped in the vehicle. Only last week two people, in two separate incidents (one of them fatal), were struck by Blue Line trains.
In response to last week's accidents, the Citizens' Campaign to Fix the Expo Rail Line called for a Congressional investigation into the Blue Line's safety record. A press release for the group quoted Professor Najmedin Meshkati, creator of USC's Transportation Safety Program, who wrote earlier this year about the line's accident statistics: "These numbers, which are significantly higher than national average rates of accidents and fatalities along the MTA rail network, attest to the dire state of rail safety in LA, which is primarily caused by MTA's outdated and messy safety-related policies, procedures and practices."