A driver of a Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shuttle bus was killed early Monday, December 19th, when he was crushed between two shuttle buses at a Metro light-rail station near the airport, police said.
The accident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. at the Metro Green Line station at Aviation Boulevard and Imperial Highway, Westchester.
The LAX shuttle bus driver, a 58-year-old Los Angeles man, was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) West Traffic Detective Greg Davis said.
The driver’s name was being withheld pending notification of family.
No other injuries were reported.
The shuttle driver had assisted a passenger in getting off the bus that was parked in the loading area of the station and walked to the rear of the bus, Davis said.
According to witnesses, the driver then walked to the driver’s side of the bus and reached through an open window, apparently trying to set the parking break, Davis said.
The vehicle doors then closed and the bus started to move forward with the driver hanging from the window, Davis said.
As the LAX shuttle bus went up a curb and rolled down the sidewalk, it collided with the passenger side of a smaller parked Metro shuttle bus, pinning the driver, Davis said.
“He got wedged in between the two buses,” Davis said.
There were no passengers on board the LAX shuttle bus when the accident occurred.
The driver of the Metro shuttle bus and one passenger were on board at the time, but they were not injured, Davis said.
LAPD West Traffic division officers were called to the scene and city firefighters removed the deceased shuttle driver’s body.
The LAX shuttle bus brakes were tested at the scene and appeared to be functioning properly, Davis said.
Access to the accident scene was closed until about 12:30 p.m. for investigation.