METRO L-Line Accident | Train Collides with Fallen Tree in South Pasadena

Metro L-Line (Gold) is currently out of service in Pasadena/South Pasadena as of Tuesday 4:00pm. Repairs are progressing. Bus service is operational.

METRO L-Line hit tree on tracks during rainstorm
PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Large Tree fell across and on tracks causing a collision with the METRO L-Line train during heavy rainstorm.
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PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Large Tree fell across and on tracks causing a collision with the METRO L-Line train during heavy rainstorm.

SOUTH PASADENA: At about 10:00pm Monday night during a heavy rainstorm, the Metro L-Line (Gold) commuter train collided with a large eucalyptus tree that had fallen across and over the tracks.

PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Large Tree fell across and on tracks causing a collision with the METRO L-Line train during heavy rainstorm.

We’re awaiting updates on possible injuries to passengers. There were no other vehicles involved. The incident occurred roughly 200′ west of the Arroyo Verde Road crossing.

The collision with the tree was very loud and was heard blocks away by residents in the area – many thinking it was thunder from the storm.

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PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Large Tree fell across and on tracks causing a collision with the METRO L-Line train during heavy rainstorm. Some of the damage can be seen on the top of the train.

The Metro L-Line (Gold) remains non-operational in South Pasadena & Pasadena as of 4:00pm Tuesday afternoon. Train service is operating between the Southwest Museum Station and Union Station on the south side and from the South Pasadena Station to the Azusa Pacific University Station.

Down the tracks about 200 feet from the tree collision a separate small mudslide breached the retaining wall and obstructed the tracks in the eastbound direction.

METRO L-Line South Pasadena Mudslide on Tracks
PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Mudslide during heavy rainstorm covers the tracks, causing METRO L-Line (GOLD) service interruption from Monday night through Tuesday in Pasadena & South Pasadena.

Major repairs are underway by the Metro “Traction Power” division. Crews have been working since last night to clear the debris, assess the damage, and restore operational power to the overhead lines. The damaged Metro light-rail commuter train is still on the tracks and will also need to be cleared.

PHOTO: The South Pasadenan News | Mudslide during heavy rainstorm covers the tracks, causing METRO L-Line (GOLD) service interruption from Monday night through Tuesday in Pasadena & South Pasadena.

 

 

 

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