LONG BEACH (July 7, 2010) - A police officer was injured Wednesday when his patrol car was crushed during a collision with a Blue Line train near Pacific Coast Highway and Long Beach Boulevard.
The accident occurred at 1:15 p.m. as the southbound train collided with the officer's black-and-white at 16th Street, dragging it dozens of feet before coming to a stop, officials said.
"As bad as it looks, we're pretty fortunate," McDonnell said. "We're optimistic that there are no life-threatening injuries."
Several passengers on the train were taken to local hospitals after complaining of neck and back injuries, though their condition didn't appear serious, Hayes said.
It was not immediately clear if the officer was responding to an emergency call or ran a red light when the accident happened. The car was traveling west on 16th Street when it collided with the train.
Buses were organized to carry passengers scheduled to travel on Blue Line trains as crews worked to remove the wreckage and check tracks.
Investigators were on scene from Long Beach Police, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Blue Line's operator, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.