4 Injured When SUV Tumbles From Hollywood Freeway

Saturday, March 22, 2008 |

On Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 45 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Charles Butler, responded to a Traffic Collision with Entrapment near 11726 Burbank Boulevard in Valley Village.

A new full-size sport utility vehicle apparently left the southbound Hollywood (170) Freeway near the Burbank Boulevard offramp, sheared a light standard and tumbled to the roadway below, where it narrowly missed a passing LAPD Sergeant, who summoned assistance from the Fire Department and fellow Police Officers.

The Sergeant was almost instantly joined by LAPD Officers from the nearby North Hollywood Community Police Station in carefully removing two boys from the rear of the mangled vehicle.

Firefighters were soon alongside them and providing care for the injured siblings, ages 10 and 13, as additional LAFD crews worked in earnest with power tools to free a man and woman, later identified as their mother and father, who were badly pinned in the front seats of heavily damaged white SUV.

Skillful teamwork by Los Angeles Firefighters had the trapped man and woman freed in less than 20 minutes, and soon on their way to area trauma centers. Though an effort was made to keep the family united at a single medical facility, the severe nature of the adult's injuries combined with hospital caseload at the time, prohibited such an effort.

The 41 year-old male was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, while the 40 year-old female and two boys were transported to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in serious condition.

No other injuries were reported.

The collision, which briefly closed Burbank Boulevard in both directions, as well as the adjacent north- and southbound offramps of the Hollywood Freeway, will be investigated by the California Highway Patrol.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Amanda said...

I saw the whole accident. The car coming off the bridge and hitting the ground with a HUGE bang (not so much a bang, but like a firework exploding and crackling), the victims screaming in their car for help and the rescue. It was very disturbing. My friends, husband and I were some of the first people on the scene before rescue teams got there. The title of this article is not very accurate. The car did not "tumble" off the freeway, it "flew" like someone throwing a baseball. It was something you see in the movies, not reality. I hope that this family is okay and recovers quickly.

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Evil Chaperone said...

Unfortunatley, this turned into a trajedy. I new the family socially as the two boys belonged to the same martial arts club as me. Very solid family. The father died, the mother is severly injured, and one of the boys has broken ribs while the the other escape any injury at all. Our whole club is heart broken. We have no idea how this happened. It would be appreciated if you can fill in some details of what you saw? The father will be sorely missed.

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