Metro Expo Line Train

A truck that may have made an illegal left turn collided Thursday with a Metro train being tested on the still-unopened westside extension of the Expo Line in Santa Monica, further disrupting traffic in a city already experiencing sporadic delays on streets due to the months-old testing program.

The collision occurred shortly after noon near Colorado Avenue and Seventh Street, Ramon Montenegro of the sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau said.

No passengers were aboard the train, which was being operated on the tracks as part of the testing process, Montenegro said. The Metro Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is expected to open in spring.

Montenegro said the truck driver may have turned against a signal and into the train, which was struck on its side. The driver was examined at the scene for possible minor injuries.

The train car was derailed, leading to traffic disruptions for more than an hour in the area while crews worked to put the train back on the tracks.

Metro has been testing trains on the track between Culver City and Santa Monica since April. Officials with the transportation agency have said that during the testing, motorists on streets such as Overland Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard could experience some delays as trains move through the area, crossing gates are lowered and signals activated.

Earlier Thursday, a crossing gate blocked morning traffic on 26th Street south of Olympic Boulevard for about 20 minutes as part of the testing, prompting at least one motorist to get out of his vehicle and ask a law enforcement officer what was causing the delay.

— Wire reports 

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