Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating Monday to determine who caused a collision between a Metro Gold Line train and a van in East Los Angeles, leaving the 10 people in the van suffering from minor injuries, a CHP officer said.

The accident happened about 5:35 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Third Street and McDonnell Avenue, said CHP Officer M. Alvarez.

Thirty-year-old Lorena P. Garcia of Los Angeles was driving a 1996 Ford van westbound on Third Street at the McDonnell Avenue intersection and 56-year- old Hugo A. Repreza of Reseda was operating the MTA train on the tracks westbound at Third Street at McDonnell Avenue, Alvarez said.

“As Garcia made a left turn the Ford van collided with the MTA train,” the officer said.

All 10 occupants of the Ford van, including Garcia, were transported to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Alvarez said. They were checked for complaints of pain, said Lt. Marc Lucio of the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau.

The train had four passengers aboard. None were hurt, nor was the train operator, said Lt. Lester Trull of the Transit Services Bureau.

—City News Service

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