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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1990
Prosecutors on Wednesday took steps to dismiss the $90 fines levied against four senior citizens who were ejected from a Blue Line commuter train because of a 20-cent mistake on their transfers. The move came after widespread news reports about the fines. Thomas Romeyan, assistant head deputy of the district attorney's Compton office, said the dismissal would be sought "in the interest of justice." Willard Zahn and three others were charged with fare evasion after the Nov.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000
Three people suffered minor injuries Tuesday in a collision involving a Blue Line train and a car near downtown, authorities said. The crash, near Washington Boulevard and Central Avenue, occurred about noon, according to Jim Wells of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two victims were on the train and the other was in the car. The injuries included "bumps and bruises and people complaining about neck and back problems," Wells said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 25-year-old man was critically injured Thursday after being struck by a Blue Line train in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The incident occurred in the 4400 block of South Long Beach Avenue about 5:10 p.m., said Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. He was taken to California Hospital in "very, very critical condition" with massive head and chest injuries, Wells said.
NEWS
August 23, 1990 | From Times wire services
Metro Blue Line trains carried 18,850 passengers Tuesday, the highest one-day weekday volume since revenue operations began Aug. 1, RTD officials announced today. It brings ridership to 340,416 since fares have been charged and more than 1,010,000 passengers since the light rail began service July 14 between Long Beach and Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1990
A Blue Line train struck and killed a man at Vernon and Long Beach avenues in South-Central Los Angeles on Wednesday shortly after 8 p.m., just two blocks south of where a woman and her 4-year-old son were killed two weeks ago. Witnesses said the man, whose identity was not released, had asked them when the next train was coming. When he heard the train's horn, he ran around a crossing gate and into its path, they said. The woman and her son were killed Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1991
A Metro Blue Line train collided with a small foreign car Tuesday, critically injuring a 38-year-old motorist who police say "drove around safety gates" at a Compton intersection. The driver, Sherril McDowell, suffered major head, chest and rib cage injuries and her Volkswagen bug was crushed, Compton Police Lt. Joseph Flores said. She was taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center for treatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1992
Los Angeles County supervisors mindful of six fatalities in 18 months of operation asked Tuesday for a study on the need and feasibility of raising the Blue Line route above surface street intersections. Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, whose 2nd District takes in much of the Blue Line route, said flashing lights, warning signs and blaring whistles have been insufficient to deter pedestrians and drivers from getting in the path of the 98-ton trains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1991
A 16-year-old boy who broke windows and scrawled graffiti on the Metro Blue Line shortly after it began operation was sentenced Wednesday to a camp run by the county probation department. The South Gate youth, whose name was not disclosed because of his age, will stay at the camp from three to nine months, attending school classes and performing chores, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Mario Coto-Lopez. Downey Juvenile Commissioner Jerry Moore also ordered the youth to make restitution.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
A Blue Line commuter train slammed into a car in Compton today, critically injuring the motorist who had apparently driven around lowered crossing arms in an attempt to beat the train through an intersection, authorities said. The Long Beach-bound commuter train was headed through the intersection of Willowbrook Avenue and Elm Street about 5:35 a.m. when the motorist drove around the lowered crossing arms, Fire Department Capt. Gary Hopper said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
Metro Blue Line train service was interrupted in Carson Friday after a truck hit a wooden power pole, posing a "small threat" that wires might fall on the rail line, officials said. Buses ran a free shuttle service between the Del Amo and Wardlow stations, where the tracks remained closed to passenger service until 7:23 a.m., said Rick Jager, a spokesman for the Southern California Rapid Transit District.
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