Car Plunges Into Apartment Pool in Woodland Hills

Saturday, February 24, 2007 |

On the afternoon of Saturday, February 24, 2007, Los Angeles Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle into a swimming pool at 6644 Glade Avenue in Woodland Hills.

Car into Pool in Woodland Hills. © Photo by Juan Guerra.


The LAFD arrived quickly to discover an uninjured 82 year-old female driver, who had been promptly rescued from the driver's window of the sinking car by her husband, who witnessed the crash.

Car Into Pool in Woodland Hills. © Photo by Juan Guerra.

Car into Pool in Woodland Hills. © Photo by Juan Guerra.


The woman told responders she had been driving in the parking lot of her apartment complex when she mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal. Her mid-sized sedan crashed through a wrought-iron fence and vaulted a planter before splashing in the shallow end of a swimming pool at the Canoga Terrace Apartments.

Car Into Pool in Woodland Hills. © Photo by Juan Guerra.

Car into Pool in Woodland Hills. © Photo by Juan Guerra.


The woman's husband attempted to enter the vehicle to remove valuables after Firefighters departed. The car, which subsequently settled in pool's deep end, was removed by a tow truck later that day.

Los Angeles Police Officers are investigating the circumstances of the collision.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey
Los Angeles Fire Department

7 comments:

David Markland said...

This must have been a case where when the call came in, EVERYONE giddily wanted to come along for the ride.

Glad she was okay.

Anonymous said...

This is why old people should stop driving.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Hi David!

The after-action images captured by Juan Guerra do indeed cause many of us to scratch our heads, or even smile with relief, when we realize we're not the tow truck operator tasked with removing the vehicle - or a neighbor suddenly seeking a wet respite from the heat.

Please know when the call arrived via 9-1-1, we were told that a woman was trapped in a sinking vehicle, and it was a mad dash to the scene by scores of Neighborhood Firefighters, including some specially equipped crews from as far away as Silver Lake, who made their way to the scene with lights and sirens, the first arriving crew prepared to dive head-first in uniform (if necessary) to rescue anyone in peril.

...and perilous it can be when one considers the many systems (power door locks, air bags) in a modern vehicle, including the many chemicals (battery acid, hydraulic fluid, motor oil) that can cause problems...

Thankfully - and as you mention, once we realized that no one was hurt, there were many people who took an interest in 'the car that took a dip'.

David, thanks for your continuing interest and support of the men and women of the LAFD. No matter where people (or their cars) end up, we'll be there!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:09,

Thanks for visting our blog, and for taking the time to share your concern.

As Firefighters, we strive to see each situation - and each person we serve, individually. As such, you won't find us making or endorsing too many generalizations.

Without question however, there are many factors, including age, health and experience that effect the ability of any of us to safely and efficiently operate a motor vehicle.

We are therefore pleased to direct our blog visitors to helpful on-line content from the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the American Association of Retired Persons, that can help both elder drivers and their loved ones address the issue of fitness for driving.

Anonymous 9:09, thanks again for writing. While your comment taken out of context may have initially seemed hurtful to some, it has allowed us to raise an important issue and share resources for its resolution.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Kal-El ibn Jor-El said...

FiremanB,
As a retired person I can honestly say I had to laugh aloud, both at the circumstances of this accident and at your over-reaction to Anonymous 9:09's snarky post. I'm happy that no one was injured, to be sure, and your comments about the haz-mat aspects of the incident are well taken...
Please don't feel the need to provide Ward Cleaver lectures to every post by random net trolls; you don't have the energy to keep up with the amount of stupid people in the real world, never mind all of them online. Just roll your eyes like the rest of us and go about your real work.

Thanks to you all, from a grateful citizen!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Kal-el,

Thanks for the note, and for the truly kindest of comparisons.

It is not too often that I am placed in parallel with a real-life Methodist minister!

Mr. Beaumont aside, I appreciate not only your candid comment, but also you realizing that we get visits from trolls, and that our time and energy indeed has its limits.

To be frank, we have a long list of meaningful subjects that we'd love to put in daily blog posts, yet sometimes it is more expeditious to offer something in a related comments thread. Such was the case with the senior driver issue.

While senior driving safety is worthy of its own post, I saw a quick opportunity to offer some links to great content from DMV and AARP and jumped on the opportunity. My "Ward-Cleaveresque" musings were merely the vehicle to deliver those links, which are far more important my chatter.

Again Kal-el, thanks for the note, and for your understanding that we too have a sense of humor that closely parallels our duty - and that yes, from time to time, we do roll our eyes!

Please stay safe, be well - and have fun!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefigher/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

EscapeTip said...

I kmow this is real late as a post to this story. I wanted to make you aware of an idea that could make vehicles safer when people inadvertantly go into the water. NHTSA is looking at it but informed rescue people could lead the groundswell that makes auto makers take notice. www.escapetip.com

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