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Metro Gold Line Uncertain On Reopening After 210 Big Rig Crash

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(FOX 11 / CNS) Metro Gold Line service remained disrupted today following a crash involving two trucks on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena.

The accident happened just before 1 p.m. Thursday at Allen Avenue, and one of the trucks, a big rig hauling a farm tractor, landed on the rail tracks that divide the freeway, resulting in the suspension of rail service between the Sierra Madre Villa and Lake stations. Metro was using buses to shuttle passengers around the Gold Line closure.

As the big rig plowed onto the tracks, it struck one of the Gold Line's power poles, knocking down wires. Metro spokesman Jon Alexander said this morning that repairs to the tracks and power supply are not expected to be complete until late tonight.

The driver of the big rig suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. The other vehicle, a box truck, ended up on its side and its driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The drivers, both men, were solo occupants of the vehicle they were driving, Derderian said. A CHP officer said both vehicles were eastbound when the big rig blew a tire and collided with the box truck.

The crash backed up freeway and surface street traffic in the area for a time.

From Ed Laskos:

Metro Gold Line Down Indefinitely Crews

are working to remove the wreckage from the Metro Gold Line hope to have all lanes of the eastbound 210 freeway reopened for the Friday morning commute. But, those commuters who ride the rails of the Metro Gold Line are being warned the train service will be out indefinitely.

The aftermath of a crash involving two big rigs, one of which plowed through the wall of a center divider and wound up on the tracks. On its' way, the truck also knocked down power poles used by the Gold Line to power it's trains. Metro is running 10 buses between its Sierra Madre Villa and Lake Stations, where the service is now out and may not be back for several days. Fire Officials say, a tire from one of the big rigs blew out sending it crashing into the second truck. That left wreckage from the two trucks on the freeway closing several eastbound lanes through the evening rush. No one was seriously hurt.

From Hal Eisner:

Witnesses said just before 1pm a two-axle big rig on the EB210 freeway blew a tire. The big truck lost control and collided with a box truck carrying heavy equipment. The box truck when across all lanes, collided with the concrete center divider, went through it and landed on train tracks used by the Gold Line. METRO officials say the tracks were damaged and, because it's not clear about subsurface damage, it would be "several" days before repairs are completed. The truck also hit a power pole that provides power to passing trains. Luis Inzinga with METRO says that power source may have to be completely replaced. Meanwhile, the big rig that blew the tire hit a sound wall on the south side of the freeway and ended up on it's side. Traffic got ugly. Eastbound lanes backed up to the 134. CHP officials warned everyone to look for alternative routes.

The drivers of both vehicles were taken to a local hospital. CHP says they had "minor to moderate" injuries. 

Meanwhile, Gold Line commuters, unable to stay on the train between Sierra Madre Villa station and Lake station will be moved around the wreck side by a fleet of 10 busses. From Lake the busses will drop off at Allen and then Sierra Madre Villa. From Sierra Madre Villa the busses will drop off and Allen and Lake.

(FOX 11 / AP) The Metro Gold Line is expected to remain out of service between the Sierra Madre Villa and Lake stations in the Pasadena area for at least 24 hours due to that big-rig crash on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway, according to Metro.

At least one of the vehicles wound up on the Gold Line tracks, and it also struck one of the line's power poles, knocking down wires that will require at least a day to be repaired. Commuters can take a Pasadena ARTS line 140 bus between the two stations, and Metro fares will be honored on the bus. Metro is working to make a similar arrangement with Foothill Transit on the 187 bus that also travels between the two stations

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