SUV and Metro train collide in Downtown Long Beach

Police are investigating a traffic collision that occurred Wednesday afternoon between an SUV and a Metro train in Downtown Long Beach.

The crash happened around 1:36 p.m. in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Third Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said the driver of the SUV and the train were both headed southbound when the driver of the SUV attempted to make a left turn onto Third Street and struck the train.

Though the driver of the SUV was not injured, Long Beach Fire Department personnel transported them to a local hospital, police said.

“The situation is fluid, and the investigation is ongoing,” LBPD spokesperson Richard Mejia said.

Vanessa Hill, a volunteer with Skid Row Brigade in Downtown Los Angeles, said she was on the train headed toward Downtown Long Beach to do outreach for the homeless residents when she suddenly felt “a big bump” coming from the side of the train.

Next thing she knew, she was being escorted off the train with back soreness, she said.

“You can’t out beat a train,” Hill said.

A portion of Long Beach Boulevard on Third Street was closed for about 30 minutes as authorities investigated the incident, but traffic lanes have since opened back up.

Metro service was also briefly interrupted, with shuttle buses serving the Downtown Long Beach area. Normal train service on the A Line resumed at 2:30 p.m, according to Metro.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.