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Crash Victims Yet to be Identified by Officials

The memorial at the crash site is growing daily, with flowers notes, cards, candles, stuff animals and plenty of tears and memories of lost friends. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The memorial at the crash site is growing daily, with flowers notes, cards, candles, stuff animals and plenty of tears and memories of lost friends. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

As of Monday afternoon, both Burbank Police and County Coroner Officials have yet to release and confirm the names of the five who were killed in a solo car crash early Saturday morning.

Pictures and stuffed animals and plenty of memories are being left behind at the crash site. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pictures and stuffed animals and plenty of memories are being left behind at the crash site. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A spokesman for the Coroner’s Office said on Monday that dental records have been received, although the bodies have yet to be examined. Investigators will attempt to match the information within the next couple of days.

Many media outlets have gone by friends of the victims in identifying the names, including pictures from Facebook accounts. myBurbank will wait until an official notification is made before making the information public out of respect for the families involved.

Flowers piled high, and memorial candles aglow balloons and posters with friends writing sit at the location where 5 Burbank kids lost their lives Saturday morning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flowers piled high and memorial candles have been placed along with balloons and posters with friend’s writings at the location where five Burbank residents lost their lives Saturday morning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A make-shift memorial continues to grow and has now consumed the crash site where five reported Burbank youths lost their lives.

While the accident is still under investigation, speed is believed to be one of the key factors in the collision that destroyed a protective guardrail before the Nissan struck a cement underpass a little after 4:10 am Saturday morning.

One girl was pulled from the wreckage and remains in County/USC Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

After tearing through a guardrail, the Nissan came to rest against the cement underpass at the 5 freeway and San Fernando (Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

Burbank Firefighter Kyle Springer puts out flames coming from a Nissan after it struck a guardrail and burst into flames. (Photo copyrighted By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter Kyle Springer puts out flames coming from a Nissan after it struck a guardrail and burst into flames.  There was no chance to rescue any of the five people trapped inside. (Photo copyrighted By Ross A. Benson)

 

Updated: Tragic Early Morning Accident Leaves Five Dead

UPDATED 4:00 pm 9/28

Burbank firefighters received a call around 4:10 am on Saturday morning of a traffic accident and vehicle fire on southbound San Fernando underpass near the Scott Rd. off-ramp to the 5 Freeway.

Burbank Firefighter Kyle Springer puts out flames coming from a Nissan after it struck a guardrail and burst into flames. (Photo copyrighted By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter Kyle Springer puts out flames coming from a Nissan after it struck a guardrail and burst into flames. (Photo By Ross A. Benson © 2013)

Upon arriving on scene, Engine 11 reported that there was a vehicle on fire with the flames also spreading to the brush and trees next to the freeway.  While putting out the fire, it was determined that victims were still in the vehicle.  Five victims  that did not exit the car. were visible at the scene by firefighters.

Initial investigation indicates the Nissan was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed, lost control, and eventually slammed into the concrete abutment.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

Firefighters work to but out brush that caught on fire next to the freeway after the solo car accident (Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

It was reported by police at the scene that a local delivery driver, who did not see the actual accident, was driving by and came upon the car.  He was able to pull one female (an 18 year-old) from the vehicle before the flames became too intense.  Paramedics treated the woman and transported her to County USC Medical Center for her injuries.  The woman told officers at the scene that there were others still trapped in the car which was reported to be a Nissan.

Reports are the car was registered to a Burbank residence and possibly contained Burbank residents. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is working to identify the victims and will release their identity upon confirmation and notification of next of kin.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

This area of San Fernando at the I-5 underpass has seen several major accidents throughout the years (Photo by Ross A. Benson © 2013)

The Burbank Police Department Chaplains were summoned to assist the families and friends of the victims through this tragedy. Psychological service professionals are also on hand to assist the members of the Police and Fire Departments, as needed.

Southbound San Fernando was completely closed to traffic while Burbank Police investigated the accident. Since there were no witnesses to the accident, Police would like anyone who might have seen anything to call Detective Sam Anderson at 818-238-3100.

With the five fatalities in the accident, this is one of the most serious vehicle accidents in Burbank history. Officers at the scene said that this is one of the worst accidents that they have ever seen.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson ©2013)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson ©2013)

The force of the impact completely bent this guardrail back (Ross A. Benson © 2013)

The force of the impact completely bent this guardrail back after it was seared from it’s 2 supporting posts. (Ross A. Benson © 2013)

 

Spectacular Car Crash Closes Verdugo Avenue for an Hour

In what witnesses said was a spectacular car accident Friday evening sent one person to LA County USC Trauma Center with traumatic injuries and another to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center with minor injuries and for observation.TA Verdugo & Lincoln -2

The Burbank Police Traffic Department are still investigating this wild traffic accident that sent one car flipping end over end several times before coming to a rest in the middle of Verdugo Avenue. Debris littered the street close to two city blocks long.

It was reported that the driver of a newer Toyota Camry was west bound Verdugo Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed passing cars in the center of the street, then he struck a parked car, then another and then collided with a car at approximately Lincoln Street. That’s when his car then was catapulted into midair flipping over several times to finally come to rest at approximately mid block on Verdugo west of Lincoln Street.

Burbank Police Traffic Officers investigate the scene of traffic accident that closed Verdugo Avenue at Lincoln Street Friday evening.(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Burbank Police Traffic Officers investigate the scene of traffic accident that closed Verdugo Avenue at Lincoln Street Friday evening.(Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Verdugo remained closed for over an hour while traffic officers recorded measurements and took witnesses statements.

According to Burbank Police, it’s being investigated that the driver might have suffered from a possible medical condition this causing this accident.

The investigation is on going by Burbank Police.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters treat one of the patients that was struck during accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters treat one of the patients that was struck during accident. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

Pedestrian Hit on Olive Avenue Turns Into Fatal Accident

Forensics Specialist collects evidence at scene of auto vs pedestrian accident at Olive & Naomi Streets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Forensics Specialist collects evidence at scene of auto vs pedestrian accident at Olive & Naomi Streets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal Auto vs. Pedestrian accident that occurred late Sunday evening around 10:15 pm. The accident occurred on Olive Avenue west of Naomi Street.

Police identified the man as Brad Hensley, a 53 year old resident of the City of Maywood that was struck  in the eastbound number one lane and was not crossing in a marked crosswalk. He was transported by Burbank Fire Paramedics to Providence Holy Cross Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries caused by the accident.

The front window shattered and wheels marked for investigators to followup on . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The front window shattered and wheels marked for investigators to followup on . (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Traffic Division will be continuing their investigation. The driver of the car that struck the pedestrian was cooperating fully with police at the scene and there was no evidence that any alcohol or drugs impaired the driver.

The driver of the vehicle was a 60 year-old Burbank resident. Olive remained closed during the initial investigation from Buena Vista on the east and Florence on the west.

 

Burbank Paramedics care to the patient prior to transporting him to Providence Holy Cross Trauma Center.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Paramedics provide care to the patient prior to transporting him to Providence Holy Cross Trauma Center.  The man later succumbed to his injuries. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Two Women Seriously Injured Crossing Olive Ave.

Two women were seriously injured Thursday evening, when they were run down while crossing Olive Avenue at Parish Place. This is not the first serious accident at the intersection.

The accident occurred at 7:14 p.m. when the women were crossing Olive Ave. at Parish Pl. They were in the crosswalk, heading south, when a Lexus RX350 traveling north or Parish Pl. made a left turn into the westbound lanes of Olive Ave., running over both women.  Police report that the driver, Inna Shindich, 45,  stated that she didn’t see the pedestrians.  There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

One of the victims, a 60 year-old woman, received a compound fracture to her right ankle, a fractured pelvis, and a broken leg.  Both of her arms were also broken.   The other victim, a 70 year-old woman, received a broken left shoulder according to police.   The Burbank Fire Department sent two rescue ambulances to the scene.  Both women were transported to the trauma center at County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The intersection of Olive Ave. and Parish Pl. is controlled by a traffic signal.  Almost 25 years ago,
a student from John Burroughs was struck there and critically injured.  As a result of the accident she was permanently blinded.  Because of that accident, a flashing yellow caution sign was erected over the intersection that is used by students from the nearby high school.  The City of Burbank eventually upgraded the intersection to the current traffic signals.

Crash Sends One Car on Its Side

Burbank Police are investigating this minor injury accident at Clybourn & Clark Street  Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police are investigating this minor injury accident at Clybourn and Clark Street Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police are investigating a traffic accident that happened at the intersection of Clark and Clybourn on Thursday afternoon.

One of the cars ran a stop sign at the intersection that has a four-way stop and struck the other in the side, knocking it off its wheels and on its side.

Fire Department personnel were dispatched to help the driver of the car escape.  She was able to stand up but unable to exit since the car was on its side.

Burbank Firefighters come to the rescue of a woman who was trapped in her car after it landed on its side. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Burbank Firefighters come to the rescue of a woman who was trapped in her car after it landed on its side. (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Firefighters removed the front windshield so the woman could climb out.  She complained of arm pain at the scene and was looked at by Paramedics who did not have to transport her to the hospital.

The driver of the other car and a young child were in the other car.  The child was not injured and the driver complained of pain, but will see her own medical care.

Firefighters remove the windshield so a woman could get out of the vehicle  (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Firefighters remove the windshield so a woman could get out of the vehicle (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

Burbank Firefighter/Paramedic Royce Nix checks out one of the drivers involved in this roll over accident that occurred Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighter/Paramedic Royce Nix checks out one of the drivers involved in this roll over accident that occurred Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters upright one of the cars involved in this minor injury auto accident Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Firefighters upright one of the cars involved in this minor injury auto accident Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vehicle Crashes into San Fernando Blvd. Businesses

Burbank Police look over damage to the car that hit the building  (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Burbank Police look over damage to the car that hit the building (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Just after 11:00 Tuesday morning, Burbank Police and Fire responded to a traffic accident with a vehicle into a structure at 928 N. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank Fire Engine 11 arrived on scene to find a vehicle that had jumped the curb and slammed into Wing Stop and the UPS Store adjacent to it. The 87 year old driver and his passenger were not injured and no customers or employees workers inside either store were hurt.

Workers inside the two stores reported they heard a screeching of tires coming through the parking lot, and when they looked out front the vehicle had come to a stop just in front of the sidewalk. Seconds later the SUV suddenly accelerated and crashed into the building where it then finally came to rest. Burbank PD is still in the process of fully investigating as to what caused the accident.

A representative from the building and safety department was requested to check the structural integrity of the two stores.

There was no word yet on the amount of damage that was caused by the accident.

 (Photo By Nick Colbert)

(Photo By Nick Colbert)

Police and Fire personal talk to the driver after the accident   (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Police and Fire personal talk to the driver after the accident (Photo By Nick Colbert)

A Burbank building inspector looks over damage with firefighters. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

A Burbank building inspector looks over damage with firefighters. (Photo By Nick Colbert)

‘Jaws of Life’ Used to Free Trapped Motorist

Burbank Firefighters and Paramedics were called to the intersection of Rosita and Glenoaks Blvd. around 11:20 for a reported traffic accident.

Firefighters treat and evaluate this patient involved. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters treat and evaluate this patient involved. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon their arrival they found two cars involved with one person trapped. Additional equipment was requested including a truck company that carries the ‘Jaws of Life’ making it possible to cut the doors and center post from one of the cars.

Following the extrication, Paramedics rushed one of the victims to a local hospital, with unspecified injuries while treating another one who did not require transportation.

Burbank Police are conducting an investigation as to who was at fault, and following up. Southbound traffic on Glenoaks Blvd. was diverted during the rescue for a short while investigators were working the scene.

Burbank Paramedics rush to an awaiting rescue ambulance, to get this victim to a local hospital for treatment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Paramedics rush to an awaiting rescue ambulance, to get this victim to a local hospital for treatment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters used the 'Jaws of Life' to open up the side of this car following an accident at Rosita & Glenoaks Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters used the ‘Jaws of Life’ to open up the side of this car following an accident at Rosita & Glenoaks Blvd. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Overturned Car Creates Havoc on Hollywood Way

Around 9:20 Tuesday morning, Burbank Fire and Paramedics and Burbank Police were dispatched to a traffic collision with a vehicle overturned and a person trapped inside on the 300 block of N. Hollywood Way.

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Photo By Nick Colbert

Burbank PD arrived on scene and began to shutdown Hollywood Way in both directions between Heffron and Oak as cars struck in the collision were scattered on both sides of the street. Shortly after, Burbank’s Engine and Truck 12 arrived on scene to find one vehicle on its roof in the street that had struck multiple other cars, and an unconscious but breathing female trapped upside down in the vehicle.

The driver side door of her overturned car was not very badly damaged allowing for a fairly quick extrication process by the units on scene. After being removed from the vehicle, she was quickly transported to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. There is no word on her condition at this time.

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Paramedics help the victim of the accident (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Witnesses at the accident scene said the accident was allegedly caused by the female driver, driving a beige sedan, who was traveling northbound on Hollywood Way when she then struck a car in the lane next to her sending that car spinning across the street and onto the sidewalk. The driver of the beige sedan then hit two more parked cars on the northbound side of the street before rolling over and landing upside down in the street.

Burbank Police and Fire are unsure of whether the driver fell suffered a medical condition right before the accident happened, or if she lost consciousness as a result of the violent collision. The driver of the beige sedan was thankfully the only person injured in the accident.

Hollywood Way was shutdown for over an hour to allow Burbank PD to conduct a lengthy investigation to provide more clues as to what possibly caused the accident.

Police examine the area for clues to why the accident occurred (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Police examine the area for clues to why the accident occurred (Photo By Nick Colbert)

Crash Sends Cars into Art-Wave Doorway.

By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Police and Firefighters responded to the intersection of Alameda Ave. and Victory Blvd. Friday afternoon following a traffic accident that sent the two cars involved crashing over the curb and onto the sidewalk.

One of the vehicles ended up at the front entrance of Art-Wave the Art Warehouse.  The company, located on the southwest corner of the intersection, has a number of large paintings on display outside the business. Several of the paintings were stuck by the car.

Accident causes cars to come to rest in doorway of Art-Wave Warehouse at Alameda Ave & Victory Blvd Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Accident causes cars to come to rest in doorway of Art-Wave Warehouse at Alameda Ave & Victory Blvd Friday afternoon. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Paramedics treated both drivers at the scene.  One driver was transported to Providence-St. Joseph Medical Center with what appeared to be minor non-life threatening injuries. No one on the busy street corner were struck.  Normally, the company has a man standing on the corner holding a large sign advertising the business.  A crossing guard is also normally at that corner, but had already gone off duty prior to the accident, which occurred shortly after 4 p.m..

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Burbank Police Department.