UPDATE: LBFD Says 2 Patients Sent To Trauma Center, 1 To Hospital In Fiery ELB Midnight Hour Crash, Bellflower Blvd. South of Atherton: Vehicle Allegedly Crosses Center Divider, Collides With LBPD Pick-Up Truck

  • Civilian Driver Is Critically Injured; Good Samaritan Removes Him;
  • Officer/Driver Has Minor Injuries Along With Responding Officer Injured When He Broke Windshield To Extricate Officer/Driver
  • Incident Being Investigated As Possibly DUI-related
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    (Jan. 13, 2016, 11:25 a.m.) -- A fiery ELB midnight hour crash (Jan. 13) on Bellflower Blvd. south of Atherton St., being investigated by LBPD as possibly DUI-related, has left a driver in critical condition after his vehicle allegedly crossed the center divider and collided with an LBPD pick-up truck.

    The civilian's vehicle burst into flames; a Good Samaritan removed its driver; LBFD transported the driver to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The LBPD pick-up truck ended-up on its side; its officer/driver was taken to a hospital with injuries described as minor. A responding officer was also slightly injured in breaking the police pick-up truck's windshield to extricate its driver/officer.

    [UPDATE: LBFD indicates via Twitter that two patients were transported to a trauma center, one to a hospital. END UPDATE]

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    In preliminary information, LBPD Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt tells

    [LBPD PIO text] At approximately 12:10 a.m., a marked police pick-up truck, used by the departmentís Boat Detail to transport their diving gear, was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Bellflower Blvd., south of Atherton Street

    Based on the preliminary investigation, and according to independent witness statements, it appears the driver of a Mercedes Benz sedan lost control and spun out, and crossed the center divider striking the police truck.

    The Mercedes Benz caught on fire, and the male adult driver was removed by a Good Samaritan

    The driver was transported to a local hospital by LB Fire and was listed in critical condition

    The police truck ended up on its side, and the officer sustained minor injuries and was also transported to a local hospital.

    A responding officer was also slightly injured from breaking the windshield to extricate the officer in the truck

    It was not raining at the time of the collision, however, the streets were wet due to the weather

    Portions of the intersection were closed during the investigation

    The incident is being investigated as a possible DUI related incident

    Anyone who may have information regarding the collision is asked to contact the LBPDís Collision Investigation Detail at (562) 570-7355


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