Friday, June 12, 2015

2 Freeway: Car VS Really Big Tree

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 12, 2015, 5:58 PM.  A blue Mazda crashed into a huge Eucalyptus Tree on the Southbound 2 Freeway at the Corralitas end of the Red Car Property.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

I heard the telltale screeching tires and what sounded like a rollover crash (you know you've lived next to a freeway for too long...), but could not see what happened from my house.  Traffic slowed briefly, but continued on at high speeds within minutes. 

Unaware of what was going on, 10 minutes later, I finally heard a siren and saw a very large LAFD ladder truck trying to make a left turn onto Corralitas. At which point, I grabbed my camera & walked down the hill.  I saw no fire.  The ladder truck eventually backed out onto Rosebud and then Allesandro, unable to make the turn.  I did see at least a dozen neighbors coming down from the 2 Freeway from the other side of the fence.  A compact  LAFD Engine 220 was at the end of the Corralitas.   

Neighbors reported trying to help the driver and they were afraid the car would catch fire as the car was smoking for quite a while.  A couple of neighbors said it was a good 10 to 15 minutes from the time they called 911 to the time the first fire engine showed up.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 12, 2015. By the time I got there it appeared emergency personnel were attending to one person on the ground.  While I was there they helped a man get out of the car.  He was able to walk away.  

Neighbors also report there was debris, including a tire, strewn quite a ways into the Red Car Property.  They tossed it all back over the fence.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 12, 2015.  Back in March, I witnessed another accident in the same place on the Southbound 2 Freeway.  The driver lost control and ran into the tree on the right.  Good thing those are some big healthy Eucalyptus.  Perhaps it's time for some guardrails.

It's also lucky there was no fire.  The Red Car Property has yet to be cleared of brush and CalTrans has an awful lot of dead branches in the freeway parkway.