A police chase in East Los Angeles late on Tuesday, February 20 could easily have ended in disaster, as the driver of a stolen pickup truck lead police into a train tunnel moments before a train passed in the opposite direction. Video footage shows a train going into the Metro tunnel just before the truck entered, and another train exiting the tunnel on the opposite tracks moments later. According to reports, the pickup truck got stuck on the tracks after driving into the underground light railway tunnel. Police confirmed that a male suspect was arrested and taken into custody after 11 pm on Tuesday night, while a female suspect remains at large.
Having first come to the attention of the police due to driving a stolen truck, the pickup driver quickly made matters worse for himself as he sped away from a Huntington Park police vehicle. Before getting to the train tunnel where the chase came to a luckily uneventful end, the driver had sped through an intersection, collided with a taxi, mounted the sidewalk, and continued evading the police. After the driver entered, and eventually became stuck, in the tunnel, the Metro Gold Line was closed during the police investigation, while a perimeter was set up to search for the escaping female suspect.
While any kind of road accident can be a scary experience, a situation involving both a truck and, potentially, several trains must be particularly terrifying. Fortunately, perhaps due to the time at which the incident occurred, the damage and injuries caused by this pickup driver were relatively minor. No information is currently available about the damage to the taxi, or any injuries sustained by the driver and any passengers who may have been in the car at the time.
Given the sheer size of trucks, not to mention trains, accidents involving these vehicles can have devastating consequences. If you’ve been injured or had your property damaged, by a collision, a Los Angeles truck accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
At JML Law, we have represented numerous clients seeking compensation after being involved in truck accidents of varying levels of severity. If you have been injured or your property has been damaged by a truck accident, you could be eligible to claim for lost wages, medical costs, property damage, long-term care needs and any other costs you’ve incurred as a result. If your injuries are severe, you may be entitled to more compensation than you may expect.
While the driver causing the accident, or their insurer, may want you to sign a statement about the incident, or agree to settle in return for payment, you should always seek the advice of an experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorney before doing so. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
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