Driver arrested after crashing minivan at Willow street Metro tracks

Police arrested a man suspected of driving under the influence after he crashed his minivan onto the Metro A Line tracks Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Police were called to the scene at Willow Street and Long Beach Boulevard at about 11 a.m. where they found a minivan on the track, spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

“Preliminary information revealed the vehicle was driving southbound on Long Beach Blvd. when it collided with a traffic pole and stopped on the Metro track,” she said.

Long Beach Police at the scene of a crash, where a minivan crashed into the guardrails of the Metro A Line and landed on the northbound tracks, at the Willow Station and Long Beach Boulevard. Long Beach California, Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
Photo by Stephen Carr

Paramedics took the driver to a local hospital. He was treated for minor injuries before police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Dandoy.

Service stopped on the line between the Willow Street and Pacific Coast Highway stations for about an hour, but resumed at 12:15 p.m.

According to Metro Alerts, trains have resumed normal service with up to 20 minute residual delays through 1 pm. Metro also provided supplementary bus shuttles between the Pacific Coast Highway and Willow stations.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.