UPDATED: Late Night Accident Leaves One Dead, Another Injured


Updated May 20 at 3:30 pmThe Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the deceased man as 23-year-old Samuel Aldana Castro of Los Angeles.

A traffic Accident on Vanowen Street west of Hollywood Way sheared off a Power Pole and Fire Hydrant, leaving one person ejected and others taken to a local hospital. The Burbank Fire Department responded to a rescue response at 11:20 p.m. Saturday night with an Engine Company, a Truck Company, and a Rescue Ambulance. Once on the scene, they determined they were dealing with plenty more.

The original assignment needed more manpower and equipment. There was a Fire Hydrant spraying into a power line, a body lying in the roadway, and an additional victim. A Battalion Chief was then added to the incident.

According to a Burbank Police Traffic Investigator who was at the scene, the Toyota Scion was split into several pieces after striking the power pole and then hitting and shearing a fire hydrant, spraying water several hundred feet into the air, and ejecting the driver into the roadway.

Burbank Water & Power was needed to attend to the downed power line and shattered power pole, another division was required to shut off the flowing water.

Burbank Police Traffic was called for the investigation, which included a Forensics Team to record evidence and a Drone Operator to map the accident scene.

The identity of the deceased driver will be released after the L.A. Coroner notifies the next of kin. MyBurbank.com gathers additional information; an update to the story will be published as soon as it’s available.

Vanowen Street was closed in both directions well into sunrise, as the scene was properly documented, and then all the debris was cleaned up.

    Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center