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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)


Fire in Downtown Burbank Snarls Traffic

Burbank Fire fighters were called to 325 N. San Fernando Blvd, at 11:41 p.m. Friday, for a report of a structure fire. When the first fire units arrived moments later,  they found smoke coming from under the metal roll-up door  that covers the front of the closed business.

Burbank Firefighters cut the roll-up door to gain access, to this news paper/magazine business located at 325 N. San Fernando Blvd.Where someone had started a small fire near the front door.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters used rotary saws to cut through the metal door to a building filled with smoke. They discovered someone had lit some combustibles near the front entrance, with the fire not extending

inside the building. Firefighters cleared the smoke and checked out to make sure nothing was on on the roof. Traffic on San Fernando Blvd was blocked for close to an hour while the fire equipment was required.

Burbank Police assisted with the crowd control, and the investigation.

Rolled Over Truck Leaves Litter and Causes Injuries

Burbank Firefighters survey the damage and treat a driver at the scene of this overturned truck on Verdugo west of San Fernando, Sunday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police and Firefighters responded to Verdugo Ave. just west of San Fernando Blvd. late Sunday evening for a traffic accident involving a reported overturned truck with an injured party.

Burbank Police were first to arrive and they found the the driver of the pickup had self-extricated herself, but needed Paramedics to look at a bloody knee.

The Title says it all, the magazines that were thrown from the pickup were being distributed, and there auto truck magazines, with an ad for truck insurance on it’s cover. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Apparently the driver of the pickup was delivering magazines and racks and was pulling into the driveway of the auto repair business when she was struck from behind and overturned. The lone female occupant of the pickup was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, the other car suffered moderate damage and required towing.

Thousands of copies of the magazine she was distributing ended all over the street, with it’s cover highlighting truck insurance, which we hope she had.




Debris that was thrown out of the rear of the pickup after it was overturned. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parents From Korea Hit Crossing Street While Visiting Daughter

The investigation is on-going after a Honda Civic driven by a 52 year-old Burbank resident struck a couple from Korea who were in town to visit their daughter.

Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department said that police were called at 9:50 Thursday morning at the corner of San Fernando and Valencia for two pedestrians struck by a vehicle.  Upon arriving at the scene, they found a Korean couple had been hit by a car.

The 50 year-old woman struck the windshield of the car and she received major injuries including cuts to the face as well as a broken elbow.  She was transported to County USC Medical and is inserious condition. The 50 year-old male had facial cuts and was reporting chest pains.  He was transported to Hold Cross Hospital.

The car was traveling westbound on Valencia and then turned southbound on San Fernando where it hit the couple in an unmarked crosswalk.  The driver immediately stopped at the scene.  No drugs or alcohol were detected or suspected.