A 47-year old bus driver has been killed in an auto collision that occurred in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Olivia Gamboa of Montebello, a Metro bus driver, collided with a flatbed truck when the truck driver failed to stop at a red light while going southbound on Broadway, according on witnesses and camera evidence. Dave Sotero of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed the death of Olivia Gamboa following her transport to a hospital with critical injuries.
Witnesses estimate that the 30-year old tow truck driver, who suffered head trauma as a result of the accident and was in serious condition, was traveling at about 60 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the accident. Following the collision at Fifth Street and Broadway, the tow truck, registered to Hermosa Beach Towing company, then plowed into a 7-Eleven convenience store, injuring a store employee. The store, which received considerable damage, was not open at the time of the accident.
Fire-rescue members were initially able to revive Gamboa after finding her found face-down in water which was gushing from a fire hydrant that was sheared off in the accident. After being hospitalized in critical condition, Gamboa died later Wednesday morning, according to Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant Steve Bailey.
Gamboa, a 13-year employee of Metro, was the only employee aboard the Metro bus when the accident occurred. She was just starting her morning route according to a Metro spokesman. Metro’s The Source blog reports that Gamboa’s husband and daughter are also employed as Metro bus operators. The following was stated on The Source blog: “Co-workers recalled Olivia as quiet, family-oriented and very well liked by both passengers and colleagues.”
The following statement was posted on the Metro bus company’s website: “Metro is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our family members this morning as a result of a horrific accident in downtown Los Angeles. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bus operator’s family and friends during this difficult time. A thorough investigation of the accident is underway.”
While the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation, investigators were reviewing surveillance video taken from a camera inside the bus, a camera from the 7-Eleven, as well as a camera at an apartment complex above the store. According to a MTA source, the videos show the tow truck driver run a red light as he crossed the intersection.
Broadway and 5Th Street were closed at mid-day on Wednesday following the accident to allow for further investigation and clean up. Fire crews shut off the destroyed fire hydrant, which had flooded the intersection.
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