The Bay City News Service reports that at least a dozen people are injured, included two seriously. The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. on the 300 block of Washington Boulevard. The Los Angeles Fire Department says that the driver of the van may have blown through a red light before being hit by the train.
NBC Los Angeles reports that there is extensive damage to the driver’s side of the van. At least 10 people were reported injured on the train.
This accident comes shortly after transportation officials announced a new device designed to keep deadly train accidents from happening. The device is called Positive Train Control (PTC) and uses GPS signals and wayside devices that monitor for unusual train movement or speed.
PTC also allows Metrolink officials to remotely stop a train to prevent accidents from happening. This technology was developed in response to a deadly Chatsworth train accident that killed 25 people and left 135 people injured.