Service starts on Expo Line train from Santa Monica to Los Angeles

A new Expo Line train started service between Santa Monica and downtown Los Angeles today for the first time in 60 years.

The service officially running on Friday afternoon but thousands of commuters took the train for the first time to go to work on Monday morning. However, the service did not have a smooth start as expected by officials as a drunk driver crashed onto the tracks when the train was expected to travel.

Reports showed that a car crashed through the barriers near USC at around 5:30 a. m. and stopped right on the tracks. The driver left the car on the tracks blocking both the eastbound and the westbound tracks on Monday. Authorities deployed a bus to ferry passengers around the car until it was cleared off the tracks. Officials said that it took around five hours for the wreck to be fully cleared. The police hasarrested the driver, who has drunk with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.21 that is three times the 0.08 legal limit.

The car incidence is not the first for the new Expo Line as a truck had crashed into a train during the time of its safety testing. The new Expo Line is expected to offer an alternative to cars for thousands of daily commuters and others but it crosses through ordinary roads in many places and that may cause delays.