Television reports showed what appeared to be the charred wreckage of a van lying next to the front of the train. A crossing gate nearby had been torn off but the cause of the accident was not immediately determined. The commuter train line carries passengers between Los Angeles’ Chinatown and suburbs east of the city. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A commuter train headed toward downtown struck a car on the tracks and burst into flames during the Friday morning rush hour, injuring five people, a fire spokesman said. The train and vehicle collided shortly after 7 a.m. northeast of Los Angeles. The Metro Gold Line commuter train caught fire and received “significant damage” before it was doused, said a Los Angeles fire spokesman, Ron Myers. Five people were hurt, including two with minor injuries, Myers said. He couldn’t immediately say whether the injured were in the car or the train.