Investigation Underway After Universal Studios Tram Crash Injures 15 People

LOS ANGELES, USA - SEP 27, 2015: Medieval buildings for the Moster movies at the Hollywood Universal Studios. Universal Pictures Inc was created on June 10, 1912. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Authorities have launched an investigation into a tram crash at Universal Studios Hollywood that left 15 people with minor injuries.

The collision occurred at the popular tourist destination around 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles.

In a statement on social media, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said paramedics responded to the scene.

“At 9:05, units were dispatched to a tram accident where 15 patients were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries,” the department wrote on X.

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A KCAL News helicopter captured the aftermath of a Universal Studios Hollywood Tram Crash on Saturday, April 20, 2024. (Credit: KCAL News)
Helicopter footage showed being people treated on the scene. (Credit: KCAL News)

Aerial footage aired by KCAL News showed multiple people being treated by paramedics. The station reported the tram had a “dented door.”

The Los Angeles Times said the last car of the tram plowed into a rail while traveling down a hill near a parking structure.

“There was some type of issue with the brakes,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Maria Abal told the outlet.

In a statement, Universal Studios confirmed there were multiple injuries.

“We are working to support our guests and [to] understand the circumstances that led to the accident,” the theme park said in a statement to the media.

The California Highway Patrol also responded to the collision and is leading the investigation.

The trams have multiple cars, which take visitors on a one-hour tour of the studio lot where hit movies and TV shows were filmed.

According to the studio’s website, the tour began in 1964 and has welcomed more than 200 million visitors over the past six decades.

Starting this Friday through Aug. 11, Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its studio tour.

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