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L.A. Train Crash Injures Nearly 20

May 7, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A commuter train collided with a tow truck near downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, injuring at least 17 people.

Three people in the truck were critically injured, and 14 of the 50 people on the train were hurt, city fire spokesman Jim Wells said. None of the train passengers’ injuries was considered life-threatening.

The Metro Blue Line train was heading south when it hit the tow truck at about 10:30 p.m. in Watts, south of downtown, Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Ed Scannell said. The left side of the truck was crushed.

The Metro Blue Line runs about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles to downtown Long Beach, carrying about 50,000 passengers daily.

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