LA Stations Cut Into Network AM Shows to Cover MetroLink Accident

By Kevin Eck 

Most of the Los Angeles stations affiliated with major networks cut into the 7:00 a.m. start for their network morning shows after a Metrolink train collided with a truck near Oxnard around 5:40 amPT.

KTLA reports at least 30 people were injured and the driver of the truck involved in the crash has been taken into custody.

The stations relied mainly on their helicopters to tell the story about what was happening on the ground below. A few stations were quick to point out the number of color coded tarps used by first responders — red for critical, yellow for moderate and green for minor injuries.

FOX owned station KTTV switched over to its Good Day LA graphics package and anchors at the top of the hour, but stuck with the breaking news, while ABC owned station KABC went to Good Morning America at 7:00 amPT sharp, relying on its regular cut in slots to update local viewers.

CBS owned station KCBS joined CBS This Morning 8 minutes after the hour, while NBC owned station KNBC joined Today at the bottom of the hour.