Man Arrested After Causing Accident That Traps Victim in Vehicle

Burbank Firefighters work to free this driver using 'The Jaws of Life' after a horroriffic accident at Vanowen & Valley Streets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Firefighters needed the 'Jaws Of Life' to free the victim of this horrific accident that occurred at Vanowen & Valley Streets (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police & Firefighters responded to the intersection of Vanowen and Valley streets around 6:07 PM Saturday evening and found the results of a violent car accident with two cars involved and one person trapped inside her car.

Burbank Firefighters had to use the ‘Jaws of Life’ to extricate one of the victims, having to cut the doors and roof off. Once the victim was removed the Paramedics used air splits and back boards to stabilize at least one broken leg, which they treated her prior to transporting to Holy Cross Hospital in Granada Hills.

Burbank Police took Richard Wakefield 54 of Castic into custody and transported him to Burbank’s Jail for suspicion of Driving under the influence.


Burbank Firefighters check the condition of Richard Wakefield, 54, prior to him being booked for suspension of DUI. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Paramedics prepare victim prior to transporting here to Holy Cross Trauma Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Firefighters had to peel the roof off this car to free the trapped driver.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
What's left after Burbank Firefighters needed to remove the doors, roof and victim. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
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