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Police: Car Allegedly Turned in Train's Path

Long Beach Police Department said Friday the driver was traveling northbound as was the Blue Line car on Long Beach Boulevard when the man made a left turn in front of it. Trains passengers hurt.

Updated Friday 1:30 p.m. with police department news release.

A man was killed Thursday night when his car was struck by a Metro Blue Line train at a Long Beach intersection.

The 26-year-old man has not been named pending notification of his family and was only described Friday by Long Beach Police Department as Latino.

Further police investigation since Thursday night revealed more details about the crash. Police say the driver's car was beside the northbound Metro Blue Line train when the driver made a left turn (westbound). The train collided with the car, causing injuries to train passengers that were non-life-threatening.

The crash occurred about 8:40 p.m. and the driver remained trapped in his car several hours after he was declared dead, so that the crash scene could be investigated.

 Three men and one woman from the train were injured, police and fire officials said. The woman was treated at the scene. The men were taken to hospitals for treatment. The dead man was alone in the car when it was struck by the train. Long Beach police will continue to investigate the accident. Blue Line trains continued to run, directed around the affected train.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detail Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355.

--Nancy Wride with City News Service reporting

BP August 31, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Evidence let go 1. The train has video of this --- a public paid for thing ---Where is the video??? 2. The train had a event recorder of brakes,lights, horns, etc...public paid for with humongous overcharges---Where are the event recorder readings??? 3. The crossing signal housing has a event recorder with gate operation ---.public paid for with humongous overcharges---Where is the crossing house readings? 4. The crossing maintainer has a hand held that would show if the automated signals were calling him/her to come fix them. Where is the hand held??? 5. The drug/alcohol tests on the train crew are? 6. The railroad control center recording is?
Eric September 01, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Luis one of my best friend,in my mind i only remember a happy ,kind amazing person .Lusito we love u and will miss u
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am sorry for your loss of your friend Eric, and I would welcome you sharing with us what he was like, was he a student, who is he survived by. And the questions about video surveillance spots is interesting to know, and makes sense. I would not expect for us to see them so early in an investigation, but the police said yesterday that Luis made a left turn in front of the train. Early reports were that he was traveling westbound on 19th Street, but that was from LB Fire. I suspect perhaps he was heading that way. Again, I am sorry for your loss Eric.

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