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A train accident involving a Metro Blue Line train and a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles left at least 32 people injured the morning of August 27, 2012. According to a City News Service report, the injury crash occurred at San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard. Officials say 32 people were hurt, one seriously. Twenty people were transported to the hospital for examination. None of those injuries is believed to have been life-threatening. The bus, which was operating on line 51, was traveling south on San Pedro Street when the accident occurred. Officials are still looking into what caused this accident.

My heart goes out to the many injured victims of this bus accident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Car accident lawyer in San DiegoA woman was injured in a San Diego car accident after her vehicle was hit by a city trolley in downtown San Diego. According to a San Diego 6 news report, the injury crash occurred the morning of May 31, 2011 near the intersection of Park Avenue and Market Street in the East Village area. The woman was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening. An investigation is ongoing.

I’m relieved to note that the victim in this case did not suffer life-threatening injuries. I pray for her swift and full recovery.

San Diego Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 81 fatalities and 6,123 injuries involving car accidents in the city of San Diego. In San Diego County as a whole, 246 people died and 13,527 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
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A woman was injured in a San Francisco car accident when a light rail vehicle rear-ended her car the morning on April 5, 2011. According to a news report in The San Francisco Examiner, the light rail accident occurred at the intersection of 24th and Judah avenues in the Sunset District of San Francisco. The woman sustained injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. There were no passengers on the train. The operator of the light rail vehicle has been placed on non-driving status pending an official investigation.

I’m relieved to hear that the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this San Francisco railway accident. I wish her a complete and speedy recovery.

San Francisco Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 35 people were killed and 3,577 were injured in car accidents in San Francisco. The Federal Transit Administration reports that about 15 percent of light rail vehicle injury accidents are caused by workforce behavior and mistakes made by the railway operator.
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Six passengers were injured in a San Francisco truck accident involving a big rig and a San Francisco Municipal Railway streetcar the morning of March 21, 2011. According to a CBS news report, the streetcar accident occurred at the intersection of Third and 23rd streets in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. A truck with a flatbed trailer broadsided the KT-Ingleside/Third Street light rail vehicle. The six passengers in the streetcar, including one passenger who was in a wheelchair, sustained injuries, which are believed to be non-life-threatening. The injured victims were treated at the crash site and transported to local hospitals for evaluation. An investigation is ongoing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the six victims injured in this San Francisco Muni streetcar accident. I wish them all a complete and speedy recovery.
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Eight people were injured, two critically, in a Los Angeles car accident after a Metro Blue Line train collided with a minivan that was stalled in the train tracks. According to an ABC news report, the minivan versus train accident occurred at the intersection of East 41st Street and Long Beach Avenue the night of December 2, 2010 in South Los Angeles. The two occupants of the stalled minivan were able to get out of the way before the train struck their vehicle. The eight injured train passengers were taken to area hospitals. The driver of the minivan has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.
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Julie Farris suffered severe brain injury after being struck by a trolley on the Azusa Pacific University Campus in the City of Azusa, California. At the time of the accident, Julie was riding her bicycle on the 800 Block of East Foothill Boulevard, the main roadway that links the East and West campuses.

The 800 Block was, and had been for some time, in dangerous condition. Many students struggled to travel this road numerous times a day, and were forced to weave around parked cars and congested traffic within the small usable space of the roadway. At the time of the accident, Julie had to ride her bike on the opposite side of the road, against traffic, because of the complete disorganization and lack of space on the side that went with the flow of traffic. It was at this point that she was struck by the trolley.
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A man was seriously injured in a San Francisco pedestrian accident after he was run over by the Muni bus he was trying to catch. According to an ABC News report, the accident occurred the afternoon of February 23, 2010 on Stanyan Street, near Fulton Street. Initial reports indicate that the pedestrian tripped and fell while running to catch the 33-Stanyan bus as it was moving away from the bus stop. The bus then ran over him. The pedestrian sustained a major leg injury. His injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

My heart goes out to this critically injured pedestrian. I hope and pray that he makes it through his serious injuries and makes a complete recovery. It seems that this victim may have sustained catastrophic injuries. Please keep this injured victim in your prayers.
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All evidence seems to be pointing toward human error in a July 18, 2009 San Francisco Muni train accident that injured 48 people–four seriously–the Associated Press reports. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are trying to determine why the operator of a light rail that crashed into a parked train turned off the automatic controls moments before the train collision. Had the operator kept the autopilot on, federal investigators say, the train would have slowed down before arriving at the West Portal Station and not crashed into the other train. Investigators say they have not found any mechanical problems with the train so far.

Authorities would not identify the driver, but say he started as a San Francisco bus driver 30 years ago and started operating light rail trains about two years ago. He also apparently suffered serious injuries and has taken a drug test as part of Muni’s standard procedure. Investigators are also looking into whether the use of a cell phone played a role in this train crash. This is the fourth major subway or commuter train accident in the last 10 months in the United States. Reportedly more than 200 million commuters take San Francisco’s mass transit system.
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Safety inspectors are looking into what caused a Municipal Railway train accident that injured 48 people–four severely–after one train rear-ended another at the West Portal Station on July 18, 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The train crash occurred when a L-Taraval train rammed the rear of a K-Ingleside train near the station’s boarding platform. The impact from the train collision reportedly shattered the front window of the L train and crumpled its steel nose.

The driver of the L train was the most seriously injured. Three commuters also suffered major injuries, but are said to be in stable condition. Also, 24 people suffered serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals by ambulance. The rest apparently suffered relatively minor injuries. Officials say this is the largest train accident the Municipal Railway has had. Eyewitnesses said they saw many victims suffer head and neck injuries.

My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this California train crash. I’m, however, relieved that no one suffered life-threatening injuries. I wish all the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
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