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.
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.
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.
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.