Stories From The Nation's Deadliest Light-rail Line

Ben Quiñones shares his observations about traveling on L.A.'s 'Ghetto Blue' -- the busiest and the deadliest light-rail line in the nation.
January 23, 2004, 9am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Finally, someone from the Sheriff's Department shows to tell us that a man had been running across the track in front of the train, and on his way across he dropped a bag of marijuana. Not thinking, the man tried to retrieve his weed, and the train grazed his head, nearly decapitating him... In February 2003, the Pueblo Bloods from El Pueblo del Rio Housing Projects barricaded the Ghetto Blue and shut down the whole system for a few hours. The Sheriff’s report states, 'Several gang-types, estimated at 75-plus, placed large roll-type garbage bins on the tracks and stood upright a large piece (15’x15’) of wrought-iron gate. They became more unruly and chanted vulgarities about the LAPD.' "

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Published on Thursday, January 22, 2004 in LA Weekly
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