A big rig crashed onto the Metro Gold Line tracks in Pasadena Thursday morning and disrupted train service between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations for close to nine hours.
The crash occurred at 1:55 a.m., causing no apparent damage to the track’s overhead lines, according to Metro spokesman Brian Haas.
“While the semi did not damage the tracks or overhead power equipment, it did destroy a signal case, which helps regulate the speed and spacing of the trains,” Haas said.
Metro re-opened the Gold Line just before 11 a.m., cancelling the bus bridge that had been running between the Lake and Sierra Madre stations, he said.
The semi was traveling westbound on the Foothill (210) Freeway when, for unknown reasons, it swerved and crashed through the center divider and blocked the tracks, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.
A SigAlert was issued at 2:13 a.m. closing, initially, the carpool, one and two lanes of the westbound freeway, said CHP Officer Peter Nicholson. The SigAlert was later updated to include the three and four lanes, leaving only the five lane open, Nicholson said. All lanes were eventually opened at 10:05 a.m.
Metro is running on a Sunday/holiday scheduled because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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