Two Die in Fiery Los Angeles Freeway Collision

Sunday, October 29, 2006 |

On Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 4:29 AM, one Company of Los Angeles Firefighters and one LAFD Heavy Rescue, assisted by two fire companies, one paramedic squad, and one Battalion Chief Officer from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and one fire company from the Culver City Fire Department, responded to an automobile fire with two civilian fatalities on the Southbound 405 Freeway near La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. During fire attack, Firefighters discovered the remains of two individuals within the car.

Due to burn and traumatic injury, the age and gender of the decedents could not be immediately determined. A positive identification of the deceased, as well as the cause, time and manner of their deaths will be determined by Coroner's officials.

The cause and circumstances of the collision remain under active investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Submitted by Brian Ballton, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Jerry said...

this is the second time this year that that area has had a auto fire fatality. what makes it so dangerous? i drive that area every day to work and don't really see a problem with it.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the note and your observation.

Though we are first responders that see situations like this far-too-often, your Neigborhood Firefighters lack the formal training and legal authority to unilaterally investigate or draw statistical conclusions on such highway incidents.

In this case, your question is best posed to our friends at the California Highway Patrol's West Los Angeles Office. We're confident they can provide you with an authoritative answer:

California Highway Patrol
West Los Angeles Office
6300 Bristol Parkway
Culver City 90230
Business Telephone:(310)642-3939

We hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Just to note: I saw the remnants of this accident and from the looks of it, the car basically hit a concrete pillar underneath a freeway overpass at such a high enough speed that it literally compacted the entire front half of the car. I'm no forensic expert but from the looks of it, anyone in the front of the car would have been killed instantly.

If you look at where it happened, the car would have had the not simply veer off the road, but it would have had to do so by someone jumping the curb, going to the right of the guard rail and then it's about 30 feet to the pillar.

I don't think it's a very unsafe area - that same accident could have happened by dozens of pillars along the 405 (not to mention other freeways).

redcup56 said...

Brian H:

I want to offer my sympathy to the families of the accident victims.

I have a question about command for the incident. With LAFD, LA County FD and Culver City FD responding, who would be the incident commander? Was this location between the 3 jurisdictions in a mutual-aid area?

Stay safe!

Portland, OR

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