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Montebello Resident Killed On-the-Job in Downtown LA Collision


(Photo by Metro)

A Metro driver was killedWednesday when the bus he was driving and a flatbed tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles, sending the truck careening into a mini-market.


Olivia Gamboa

The tow truck driver was badly injured in the crash, which occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 457 S. Broadway, near Fifth Street, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Olivia Gamboa, 47, of Montebello died at a hospital. She had been driving buses for Metro for 13 years, said Dave Sotero of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sotero said Gamboa – who was just starting her route – was the only occupant on the bus at the time of the crash.

The 30-year-old trucker, who was hospitalized in critical condition, may have been going about twice the posted 30-mph speed limit in the area, CBS2 reported.