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High-speed police pursuit ends in Boyle Heights Gold Line train tunnel

BOYLE HEIGHTS  — The high-speed pursuit of a pickup truck Tuesday night ended when the allegedly stolen vehicle jumped on the Gold Line tracks and disappeared into a train tunnel under 1st Street near Lorena Street, according to various news accounts.

Officers did not follow the westbound truck into the tunnel. However,  a Gold Line train traveling in the same direction entered the same tunnel and then an eastbound train exited the tunnel traveling on adjacent tracks, said the L.A. Times.

The driver was apprehended after the vehicle had become stuck near the Mariachi Plaza station in Boyle Heights, according to CBS2.

The driver had been going as fast as 80 miles per hour, according to CBS2, across neighboring East Los Angeles, where it had slammed into a taxi and traveled the wrong way on streets before heading into the east end of an approximately 2-mile-long Gold Line tunnel near Evergreen Cemetery. Except for a short curb, there are no barriers between traffic lanes and the train tracks near the tunnel entrance.

There were no reports of injuries inside the tunnel. Passengers riding in the taxi suffered minor injuries, according to CBS2.

Metro ran shuttle buses to transport passengers after halting trains between the Pico-Aliso and Indiana stations for about five hours.

At about the same, an unrelated CHP pursuit of an armed robbery suspect ended about a block south of the tunnel entrance after the driver fled on foot after the vehicle struck a pedestrian, ABC 7 reported.

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