1 Dead, 3 Injured in Dramatic Downtown Crash

Thursday, January 31, 2008 |

On Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 7:08 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 29 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Raymundo Gomez, responded to a Civilian Fatality Traffic Collision with Fire and Entrapment near 522 East 7th Street in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a four vehicle collision with one vehicle on the southwest corner of 7th Street and San Pedro Street completely engulfed in flames, after shearing a fire hydrant and coming to rest against a light standard.

Despite the LAFD's rapid response and fire extinguishment, the one occupant of the burning and barely recognizable passenger car proved beyond their help, and was declared deceased at the scene.

That severely damaged vehicle and water used to extinguish it, as well as runoff from the sheared fire hydrant, remained energized by exposed utility wires until skilfully secured by Department of Water and Power employees.

Two of the five persons involved in the collision, as well as one pedestrian witness, were taken to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The remaining persons declined treatment and transportation.

A positive identification of the person who died, including their age and gender, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of their death will be determined by Coroner's officials.

Circumstances regarding the traffic collision remain the focus of an active Los Angeles Police Department investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brian, that second paragraph is a mouthful and probably the longest sentence you've ever published on the LAFD blog.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:24,

Thanks for the note (and word count). I added a comma, in the hope that it would help - but as you know it remains a sentence.

Please know that we often write these summaries with severe distractions and time pressure (the phones don't stop), and there's always seemingly a million things to do.

I appreciate your taking the time to write, and assure you I'll keep an eye on my sentence structure, so that I don't have to sign up for that self-help group known as AndOnAndOn [grin].

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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