Two Rescued When Car Plunges Off Freeway Into Flood Control Channel

Sunday, January 27, 2008 |

Vehicle Recovered from Arroyo Seco. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...On Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 7:56 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, and 3 Swift Water Teams all under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Elder responded to a Traffic Collision at Avenue 43 and the Pasadena Freeway in Lincoln Heights/Solano Canyon.


A car traveling northbound on the Pasadena Freeway jettisoned off the freeway, landing in a flood control channel which runs parallel to the freeway. The car came to rest on it's wheels, some 30 feet below the freeway.

Fortunately, even though the area was inundated with heavy rains at the time, the water traveling down the flood control channel was less than 6 inches deep. Both occupants of the car were able to self extricate themselves and were found standing in the water.

Both patients, a 29 year-old female and a 35 year-old female were able to move to the outer edge of the wash where Firefighters were able to assess and stabilize them prior to hoisting them to the roadway above. The patients were removed from the channel using a litter basket/hoist operation and transported to Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center for evaluation. One patient sustained minor injuries and the other patient sustained serious, non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the CHP.


Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jettisoned?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the note. We appreciate your taking the time to write, and are pleased to say that these ladies will likely survive their ordeal.

My colleague may have been attacked by spell-check or autocomplete. I'll let him know of your question.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know how many times a year a vehicle from the adjacent Arroyo Seco Parkway ends up in the Arroyo Seco.
The fences between the two are constantly damaged and it's obvious that many of them aren't glancing blows but penetrations that mark yet another vehicle in the Arroyo.
I bet if I asked Caltrans I'd have a tough time finding out but if I asked some injury lawyers they could tell me right away!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:18,

Thanks for the note. You wrote...

I'd like to know how many times a year a vehicle from the adjacent Arroyo Seco Parkway ends up in the Arroyo Seco.

Our agency could perform the research to determine how many times *we* have been summoned, but do find it important to mention that not all incidents result in our agency being notified or responding.

In regard to the attorney's "knowledge"...

Please know that their information is not innate, but typically obtained by contacting agencies such as the LAFD, CHP, Caltrans and aggregating that data in response to a specific need of their client or case.

I am not personally aware of any single source for such data... nor any single entity capable or validating something beyond a best estimate.

The best advice we can offer to any driver on any roadway?

Heads Up, Easy on the Throttle and Expect the Unexpected!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

I would beg to differ, unless I am not seeing every letter in the word "Jettisoned", that this is the correct spelling and usage of the word.

I usually try to research a word before using it to make sure that it works as intended. Am I missing something? See Answers.com

"Jettisoned." I say all of this in jest of course.....Last year our office wrote the equivalent of a War and Peace novel in one report alone (over 250,000 words typed.)

Thanks for the support. Please don't hesitate to keep us Honest and Accurate.

Ron Myers
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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