Jaws Of Life Used To Remove Driver Of Car Struck By Loose Wheel On Freeway

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Thursday evening, January 9, Burbank Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of a white Honda Civic from his vehicle after it was badly damaged by loose car wheel on the 5 Freeway. At 10:40 p.m., Engine 11 was dispatched to the scene, along with Paramedics and a Battalion Chief, according to Capt. Peter Hendrickson of the Burbank Fire Department. He added the car looked like it had been struck by a very large object.

The car had stopped on the right shoulder of the northbound 5 Freeway near the Buena Vista exit. CHP officers also responded and stopped all lanes of traffic so the Fire Department could work. The driver and sole occupant of the Honda Civic sustained serious injuries, according to Officer Tom Miller of the California Highway Patrol.

The driver was taken to Holy Cross Trauma Center and the last BFD unit cleared the scene at 11:13 p.m. No further information on the accident or the condition of the driver is available at this time.