LBPD: 11 injured when police cruiser collides with Metro Blue Line

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On Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at approximately 1:00 PM Long Beach Fire and Police (LBFD) units responded to a reported injury traffic accident with a trapped victim at the intersection of Long Beach Blvd. and East 16th Street.

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at approximately 1:03 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to an injury traffic accident involving a and a Metro Blue Line train Long Beach Blvd. and 16th Street, resulting in one officer and several passengers on the train being injured.

The first arriving units found that a Metrolink Train had collided with a Long Beach Police Department police vehicle.  The train had pushed the vehicle approximately 75 feet with the officer still trapped inside before it was able to completely stop.  

Teams used the “Jaws of Life”, to safely remove the injured officer from the wreckage. Throughout the rescue efforts the officer was talking to the fire crews.  His injuries were listed as moderate and he was transported to a local hospital.  The officer is only being identified as a 4-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department assigned to the West Patrol Division. The officer remains hospitalized and in stable condition recovering from non life-threatening injuries.

During the course of the extrication fire crews found additional patients that required medical attention for minor injuries including neck and back pain. 10 patients were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The driver of the train was not injured in the collision.

Cause of Metro / Police Collision Under Investigation

Detectives investigating the collision viewed the onboard video from the train involved, which was traveling southbound, and another video from a train stopped on the northbound tracks, which was not involved in the collision. The videos show the police vehicle and pedestrians crossing Long Beach Blvd. on a green light. The video from the southbound train shows a steady red light for southbound traffic and a stop signal for the train. Although the northbound train stopped, for unknown reasons the southbound train continued through the intersection colliding with the police vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.

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