After Making Wrong Turn, Driver Winds Upside Down

Burbank Fire Capt. Matt Wagner keeps the victim calm as fellow firefighter work to free her. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A freak accident trapped a driver for an extended time while Burbank Firefighters used several tools to extricate her.

Burbank Firefighters work to free the driver of this car following a freak accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters along with Burbank Police were dispatched to Orange Grove Ave. and Sunset Canyon Dr., near the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for a report of a traffic accident involving an overturned car with two occupants inside.  Reportedly, the passenger climbed out prior to the fire department’s arrival.  The driver remained trapped for over 30 minutes while firefighters used airbags, the jaws of life, cribbing, and several other pieces of equipment  from their box of tools that they carry.

Freak accident leave one trapped for 30 minutes in overturned car, on steep Burbank hill. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It was reported that the driver drove up Orange Grove Terrace, not knowing it was a dead-end street.  She then was attempting to back down the steep street when she accidentally went over the side and ended up in the parking lot of the church, with her vehicle overturned.

The unidentified middle-aged driver was transported to Holy Cross Medical Center with moderate injuries.


Firefighters were under the Direction of Battalion Chief Ron Barone.   Burbank Police are continuing their investigation.

Burbank Firefighters work to free the driver of this freak accident when her car went over the side as she was backing down Orange Grove Terrace. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Paramedics prepare the driver to be transported to Holy Cross after freeing her from her overturned auto. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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