Two people died and at least seven others were injured Tuesday night when a Blue Line train struck a car that apparently had driven around lowered crossing gates in Willowbrook, authorities said.
The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. near Willowbrook Avenue and 124th Street, a county Fire Department official said.
Killed were an 18-year-old woman, who was driving the car, and a child believed to be between 2 and 3. The five others in the car--three children and two adults--were critically injured. All had to be pried from the wreckage. The driver died at the scene and the child at a hospital, the California Highway Patrol said.
At least one person on the train complained of injuries, the CHP said. It could not be immediately determined whether they were serious.
Eyewitness Cesar Martinez said he heard the train "honk twice real loud. Then I saw this car wheeling around the gate, and the train hit it right in the middle. The car spun around.