At least 14 hurt as MTA bus is part of four-vehicle ‘rollover collision’ in South L.A.

A silver vehicle lies on its side on a street. A bus is visible in the background.
At least 14 people were injured in a multi-vehicle collision involving a Metro bus in South Los Angeles on Thursday.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

At least 14 people were injured in a multi-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon in South Los Angeles that involved a Metro bus, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Fire Department issued an alert at 3:40 p.m. of a “multi-vehicle collision, with rollover, that included an MTA bus with passengers” off Crenshaw Boulevard at 39th Street in Baldwin Hills.

Firefighters and paramedics were on the scene and assessed and treated 14 people, including bus riders and other vehicle passengers, according to a 5 p.m. update. Three people were taken to a hospital in “moderate condition” and six in “fair condition.”


“The rest declined ambulance transport to an area hospital after being assessed on scene,” officials said.

Los Angeles County Metro spokesperson Jose Ubaldo said a Line 210 bus traveling northbound on Crenshaw “was struck by a vehicle as part of a four-vehicle accident involving a reportedly intoxicated driver.”

“A bus operator and one passenger were transported to local area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries and 10 other passengers reported more minor injuries,” Ubaldo said.

A bus, van, minivan and firetrucks at the scene of a crash where another vehicle rests on its side.
An aerial view of the crash scene.

Aerial video by NBC Los Angeles showed one badly damaged car rolled onto its side in the middle of the street, and a van whose side was crumpled. Another car was reportedly towed from the scene.

Ubaldo said the bus sustained almost no damage but was taken out of service.

At least seven fire engines and ambulances could be seen in the aerial video.