Emergency service providers will stage a fake metro crash on Sunday to practice and coordinate emergency responses.

Metro is planning to simulate a bus vs. train accident at 5th and Colorado between about 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Officials said setup for the drill will begin at about 5:30 with the drill starting at 7 a.m. Roads in the immediate area will be closed for the duration of the exercise.

A Big Blue Bus will be stages across one of the tracks but the other will remain open. A mock Command Post with unified command and representatives from multiple agencies will be on scene. Participating Agencies include the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Santa Monica Fire Department, Metro, Santa Monica Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Big Blue Bus. Metro is the coordinating entity and SMPD is responsible for local traffic control and collision investigation.

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“This is really an opportunity to reach out to other jurisdictions and work with them in terms of response times and responsibilities and roles,” said Metro spokesman Rick Jager.


Sequence of Events:

  • 5:30 a.m., Traffic services personnel arrive on post to begin shutting down designated areas.
  • 6 – 6:30 a.m., Bus and train will be staged
  • 7 a.m., Exercise commences
  • 9:05 a.m., Exercise concludes
  • 10 a.m., Station reopens


Traffic Impacts:

  • 5th Street Off ramp from the Interstate 10 Freeway will be shut down.
  • Westbound traffic on Olympic will be directed northbound on 7th St.
  • Southbound traffic on 5th St at Broadway will be limited to local access only.
  • Westbound turns will be allowed onto Colorado from 5th St.
  • Limited to no pedestrian access southbound of the train tracks on 5th Street from Colorado.

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...