Accident Involving Transport Van Sends Senior Passengers to Hospital

Thursday, August 04, 2011 |

At approximately 9:00 am this morning, on the 6600 block of North Wilbur Avenue in Reseda, a passenger van from the Genesis Adult Day Health Care Facility was involved in a traffic collision with a single passenger auto. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but several of the passengers, all of which were seniors (ages ranging 65 - 80 years old) had various complaints of minor aches and pains.

When approximately 50 LAFD Firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Jeffery Mottram, had finished processing the scene, this mid-morning collision had produced a total of 15 patients. Eight of those patients were treated and transported to local hospitals for further evaluation. Seven others were treated and released at the scene. The driver of the other involved auto was one of those transported in fair condition with minor injuries.

Battalion Chief Ray Gomez was in charge of the medical component of this incident, where at one point, he managed 10 rescue ambulances that had been ordered, anticipating both a large number of patients and extensive injuries. Fortunately, not all resources were needed.

The damage to the involved vehicles was still being assessed and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Dispatched Units: E273 T73 E93 RA93 RA909 E293 T93 E100 RA100 E104 RA104 RA84 RA72 RA105 RA906 RA818 RA898 EM17 EM15 EM14 BC10 DC3


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:02,

While we appreciate your passion and concern for others, the somewhat sweeping issues you expressed regarding driver(s) of these vans is best addressed by our friends in law enforcement - and not neighborhood firefighters.

As you mentioned "Encino", we are pleased to direct you to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division, which handles both investigation and enforcement of the many issues you mention. You can reach their office at any hour by calling (818) 644-8000.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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