A traffic accident early Sunday morning on the Golden State (5)
Freeway left two young women seriously hurt, a Glendale Fire
Department official said.
Ten emergency vehicles from Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles City
fire departments responded to a call at 2:43 a.m. Sunday morning of a
car over the side on the northbound side of the freeway, north of the
Western Avenue offramp, Glendale Capt. Carlos Guerrero said.
Firefighters found a black 1994 Honda Accord that had smashed into
a large eucalyptus tree, leaving the 21-year-old female driver and a
20-year-old female passenger, both from Burbank, trapped inside,
California Highway Patrol Officer Vince Bell said.
A third passenger, a 20-year-old North Hollywood woman who was
also hurt, was found sitting alongside the car.
Firefighters had to use the jaws of life and other rescue
equipment to free the women from the mangled car.
“Between the responding agencies we were able to extricate the
victims within what we call the ‘golden hour,’ the time you want to
get the patients to the emergency room,” Guerrero said. “From that
sense the extrication was a success.”
The two women who were pulled from the vehicle suffered serious
injuries and were transported to County-USC Medical Center, Bell
“The third woman suffered only light injuries,” Bell said, adding
that an investigation into the cause of the accident was ongoing.
The incident caused a temporary shutdown of the freeway onramp,
California Highway Patrol Officer John Seumanupafa said.
“We shut down the Western Avenue onramp to the northbound 5 during
the rescue operation, and the scene was cleared by 4:20 a.m.,”
Officials would not identify the three victims. More than 30 fire
department personnel participated in the operation, Guerrero said.