- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - A section of the Metro Gold Line extension has shut less than a day after opened after a big rig crashed through a freeway median in Pasadena.

The California Highway Patrol said the truck driver suffered minor injuries after he lost control of his tractor trailer early Sunday and struck the center median on Interstate 210.

The impact of the crash ignited a fire, broke the big rig in half and sent twisted metal and debris into the divider, where the tracks sit.

The crash shut three westbound lanes of the freeway until Sunday afternoon and forced Metro to replace train service between three stations with bus shuttles.

The 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line extension connecting Pasadena to Azusa opened on Saturday and drew about 30,000 riders.

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