A hit-and-run accident involving a subway bus left the bus driver and two passengers hospitalized early Monday in Huntington Park, authorities said.
The bus was traveling north on Pacific Boulevard around 1:15 a.m. when a car heading east on Clarendon Avenue reportedly ran a red light, Huntington Park Department police officer Jesus Verdiell said.
The bus and car were “involved in a head-on collision,” said Rick Jager, a Metro spokesman.
Preliminary investigation suggests the bus was T-boned, causing it to slam directly into a lamp post, Verdiell said.
The getaway driver was driving a silver Scion tC 2000, Verdiell said, and allegedly fled the scene on foot.
“Metro will continue to work with local law enforcement to determine the exact cause of the crash,” Jager said. “The traffic accident is currently under investigation.”
The bus driver suffered a leg injury, Jager said. Footage from the scene shows the driver was trapped in the wreckage and freed by firefighters who had to cut them from the seat.
Two bus passengers were also injured. Footage from the scene shows response teams pulling the three people off the bus and onto stretchers. They were taken to hospital by ambulance, Verdiell said.
All three victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries, KTTV Fox 11 reported.
Police are investigating the incident and are looking for the driver who fled.
“The remaining passengers boarded the next bus and completed the trip,” Jager said. “No further impact on service as a result of the early morning crash.”