By frhayes | November 23, 2009
On Monday, November 23, 2009 at 15:03 P.M., Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) units responded to a reported Injury Traffic Accident (ITA) Overturned On the South Bound 405 FWY, At LAKEWOOD BLVD, LONG BEACH, CA 90815.
Engine 17, the first arriving unit, arrived within 4 minutes of time of dispatch and found a vehicle that had exited the freeway at a high rate of speed, and had traveled approximately 100 feet down the embankment.
Fortunately other drivers had seen the vehicle travel from the fast lane all the way off of the freeway into heavy brush, and were able to direct fire crews to the scene of the accident. Otherwise the vehicle would have been very difficult to locate due to the brush “closing up” behind the dense shrubbery.
The initial crews made the difficult decent down to the vehicle and were surprised that the driver, an approximately 40 year old female had sustained only minor injuries, however due to the damage to the vehicle she was transported by ambulance for a full medical evaluation at a local hospital.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) assisted fire crews by directing traffic away from the emergency scene, and are currently conducting a full investigation into the cause of the accident.
A total of 7 apparatus and 11 personnel responded to this call.
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