Sunday, April 5, 2015

2 Freeway: How Do The Homeless Get Medical Attention?

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 5, 2015, 1:37 PM.  LAPD, LAFD and CHP responded to a call on the 2 Freeway median just north of the Rosebud Ave Underpass.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Around 1:15 PM, several neighbors were texting me with info as a LAPD helicopter circled very low over my house.  I had to go up to a neighbor's balcony for a clear shot.  

The neighbor reported what appeared to be a woman walking around on the median of the 2 Freeway between the north & southbound lanes waving her arms trying to get a car to stop.  The neighbor confirmed the person in between the firemen is the person who was doing the waving.  

LAPD helicopter left when the first CHP officer arrived.  The officer had the person sit down on the slope, so I could not see what was going on.  Over the next 10 minutes a bevy of CHP, LAPD, and LAFD joined the first officer.  There seemed to be no vehicles involved so I am speculating it was one of the many homeless who live on the 2 Freeway.  If the person was not homeless, what was he/she doing wandering around on the 2 Freeway? 

All of the officers appeared to treat the patient with respect.   The patient was able to slowly walk to the gurney with the aid of paramedics.

Looking at the time on my photos, the first CHP officer was on scene by 1:23 PM; LAFD & paramedics arrived at 1:34 PM.

Neighbors adjacent the 2 Freeway between the 5 Freeway and the Terminus have reported seeing more homeless than usual since CalTrans began work on soundwalls on the northbound lanes between Oak Glen & Rosebud.  Additionally, 3 bank-owned houses on the north end of the Red Car Property were cleared of squatters in February, so the theory is those folks have scattered looking for new homes.  

The freeways are no place for anyone to live.