Fatality Traffic on the North Hollywood Freeway

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 |

On Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 6:13 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 9 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, CHP, Cal Trans, the Coroner's office and an MTA Supervisor, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Brian Cummings responded to an Auto vs Bike on the NB 170 FY x Burbank Bl. in the North Hollywood area.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a reported traffic accident involving an MTA bus and a motorcyclist on the northbound 170 Freeway. On arrival, Fire Department resources found the freeway littered with "basketball" size cement debris, caused by the force of the MTA bus striking the center divider. Six to seven additional vehicles traveling the 170 Freeway collided causing subsequent accidents in their efforts to avoid the large flying debris. A sigalert was announced of the pending freeway shutdown.

Reports from the scene indicate the MTA bus and motorcycle were traveling northbound, when the motorcycle and its rider were thrust into oncoming southbound traffic and struck by a southbound vehicle. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

Quick and thorough medical assessments of the involved vehicles found 10 patients with a variety of minor complaints of injuries. All were transported to area hospitals. There were no passengers aboard the MTA bus.

The southbound 170 Freeway will be closed to traffic until the conclusion of the accident investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The Coroners office will determine the cyclist's identity and cause of death.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

My condolences go out to Joey's family and friends at this tragic time. It's such a horrible experience to go through, I'm very sorry something like this has happened. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences and heartfelt sorry goes out to Joey's family and friends. God bless.

yoyoma said...

I was behind the accident by a few hundred feet, i would like to pay my last respects as his last ride was next to me, we rode the 170 together for a little, and he went ahead.

From what i saw, he was a safe rider, its a pity we met under these circumstances.

Anonymous said...

My family extends its deepest symathy to the family & friends of the gentleman on the motorcycle. It was my car he came flying through the air & hit in the SB lanes, we are alive by pure luck. Anyone witness' to the accident that are willing, please email me at envolady@aol.com.

Anonymous said...

Don't tell me . . . .

1. The CHP says you're not entitled to the names of the witnesses, only their "expert" opinions.

2. The MTA bus isn't relevant to your accident.

3. The only 100% innocent victim in this whole event is the MTA.

Anonymous said...

I am in Colorado and my Family was in the SB Vehicle. As I am so Thankful that they are Alive, I am so sorry for the Loss of his Young Life. Please know that My family will suffer his death because of the Images they cannot get out of thier heads and hearts. God Bless His Family as we are Blessed to still have ours.

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